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Australian Tours
Gippsland Departures

Each year we try to arrange personally escorted tours showcasing our wonderful diverse country. In the past we have taken escorted tours to Norfolk Island, Christmas island & Cocos Keeling Islands, Kimberley Cruise and Longreach.


Lombok Indonesia
Art Tour

25 May to 7 June 2020

Painting and drawing with award winning, professional artists Meg Hayley and Nick Perrin.


Travel Experience
The Yukon

by Monica Bethune

The Yukon is an amazing, beautiful and humbling place to visit.  If you are visiting British Columbia and the Rockies or doing a cruise and want to add something different, I highly recommend the Yukon.

 

Category Archives: Travel experience

Travel Experience – Central America
By Jacquey Turner – Tour Leader/Director

In March, I embarked on a reconnaissance journey of Central America and Cuba in preparation for the tour I shall be escorting in May 2020. I discovered that this is a most fascinating part of the world with every country being quite different, the only common theme being that all countries speak Spanish as their first language. However, the accents and dialects vary considerably.

My first port of call was Costa Rica, which is, quite rightly, renowned for its wildlife, birdlife and natural beauty. The capital, San Jose, is a very busy city with an interesting opera house, which is still in use today, and fascinating gold museum. My visits to their national parks revealed a variety of wildlife and birds with beautiful rain forests, rivers and landscapes and there are volcanoes everywhere!

From Costa Rica it was on to Guatemala where the Mayan people still live as they have for hundreds of years, with colourful markets and textiles, interesting rituals and beliefs and more volcanoes! The local public transport is made up of “chicken buses”, old American school buses which are shipped to Guatemala at the end of their school bus life and then painted in all sorts of colours and used for local transport. The historic town of Antigua has been well preserved and is very colonial in style.

Next stop was Panama City, famous for the Panama Canal. This city has two very different sides to it, the old colonial part and a very modern part with plenty of highrise buildings and modern architecture. The Panama Canal Visitor Centre offers a close up view of the canal and the history involved in its construction, right up to the present day. There is also a strong indigenous culture in Panama with more jungle to look for sloths and other wildlife.

From Panama, it was on to the extraordinary island of Cuba. This small nation has a very chequered past but the people are incredibly friendly, the sights and towns most interesting and the opportunity to travel in large American cars from the 1960s is great fun! Cigar production is still a major part of the economy and there are plenty of wonderful colonial towns to explore. The capital, Havana, is relaxed, with a mix of old and new and no traffic jams! There is always the sound of music around and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the local musicians.

Last stop was Mexico. This large country has so much to offer the visitor and I only scratched the surface. Mexico City is a big sprawling city but I enjoyed my couple of days there with the Archaeological Museum being one of the highlights. I also visited several ancient Mayan sites and each one is different with more being discovered all the time. 

The accommodation everywhere was very comfortable and the food varied and delicious. There are plenty of local markets to explore and savour local fruits and the local beer everywhere is excellent! 

With the memory of my recent visit still fresh in my mind, I am really looking forward to escorting a group to this fascinating part of the world in May next year. There are limited places available so please contact the office if you would like to join me.

Travel Experience – Sri Lanka By Brianna Van De Ven    This October I was lucky enough to head to Sri Lanka with a fantastic company that specialise in boutique 5 star experiences, Abercrombie & Kent. After an 8 hours flight on board Sri Lankan Airlines we arrived in a very warm Colombo.      … Continue Reading

The Yukon By Monica Bethune – Senior Consultant After flying into Vancouver and spending a couple of days sightseeing, I joined a group of other travel consultants for our flight to Whitehorse, Yukon, in northern Canada.               First up on arrival, we did a 28km canoe trip, stopping for a campfire lunch… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Travel Experience – The Kimberley By Nicole McGuinness    I had a wonderful time in the Kimberley’s with Adventure Wild!      I flew with Virgin via Perth to Broome.  Once arriving at Broome Airport, I checked into the Cable Beach Resort desk, picked up my luggage and was transferred to the resort – this was… Continue Reading

Travel Experience – Viking River Cruise By Jan Darby  – Senior Staff Member and Krystal McCallum – Senior Consultant   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… Continue Reading

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 2019. Delhi: After flying into Dehli, a good night’s sleep and… Continue Reading

Travel Experience – The Magical Kingdom of Jordan  By Debbie Hulbert The Magical Kingdom of Jordan – simply amazing!  Not what I had expected at all.  The world seems to make so much more sense now.       I travelled to Jordon in November with “Scenic” and it has moved straight to the top of… 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

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 Spain & Portugal. 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.


Travel Experience
Central America
by Jacquey Turner

In March, I embarked on a reconnaissance journey of Central America and Cuba in preparation for the tour I shall be escorting in May 2020. I discovered that this is a most fascinating part of the world with every country being quite different, the only common theme being that all countries speak Spanish as their first language. However, the accents and dialects vary considerably.

 


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. 

 

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