I’m so excited to announce I will be hosting 4 escorted tours in 2019!
I have been so blessed to have visited many countries and cities, hosted by PRs who have shown me some amazing hidden gems like underground ruins or little jazz bars or a cooking class and now I am hosting tours to take my readers behind the scenes to experience destinations like a travel writer 😀
These tours can all be sold as land-only so wherever you are in the world, we can meet you there.
Working with travel agents and tour companies, I am putting together bespoke, small group tours – and I’m always happy to hear your suggestions on where to go next!
In 2017 I took my first group to Vietnam for two weeks starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh with some over nights on a boat in Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An (where we got some great clothes tailored) then out of Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon). We visited the Cu Chi Tunnels and stayed with a local family in their BnB along the Mekong.
In 2018 we went to Italy with 12 people from Rome to Orvieto, Siena, Cinque Terre, Venice and out of Milan, so here are my plans for 2019 if you’d like to join us…
March 17-25, 2019
USA: New Orleans and Memphis
Jazz • Blues • BBQ • Basketball
This trip will include New Orleans, one of my favourite US cities (I’ve visited six times) for some great live jazz and delicious creole food, staying in the French Quarter. It will then include a night in a beautifully restored plantation home on the banks of the Mississippi in your own private villa. THEN we’ll travel to Memphis for Elvis, BB King and to see Steven Adams play with the OKC Thunder against the Memphis Grizzlies!
Click here for the itinerary and feel free to drop me a line on email@example.com if you’d like to come. Group size 14 people (7 rooms).
*Update: I have a lady wanting to come but who would like to share a room with another lady to save the extra room supplement. If that sounds like you, drop me a line.
24 August – 16 September 2019
This bespoke small group tour is ideal for singles, couples and friends who want to join a few like-minded travelers and myself as we spend time in little towns, stay in small boutique accommodation, meet some locals, shop at markets and twirl in circles at the astonishing history which will come alive with our local guides.
Here is the plan:
Fly to Paris for 4 nights. We’ll do some morning tours and I’m also keen to take you to Versailles for a day trip to see the palace and incredible grounds. We’ll have lots of free time too to beetle off or hang out and explore.
Then we go out east to the German/French border town of Strasbourg which I visited a few years ago and found it so cute I took a gazillion photos! Then we’ll head south for 2 nights in Annecy for some more wineries, villages, sightseeing and relaxing.
We’ll go down to Provence near the French Riviera and stay 4 nights so we can base here for a few days and go visit the surrounding towns. Then it’s off to Italy and we’ll have 2 nights in Lake Maggiore and another 2 nights at Lake Como (and go George Clooney spotting!), then down to Rome for 3 wonderful nights for the famous sights and some out of the way places that only the locals know about.
13-27 October 2019
Highlights of China *SOLD OUT*
We’ve put together an amazing Highlights of China tour covering pretty much everything you might have on your China Bucket List.
We’ll start in Beijing to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, then take a high speed train to Xi’an to see the 2,200-year old Terracotta Warriors. We’ll then go to Chengdu to see the giant pandas and visit the Panda Breeding Sanctuary. Then we’ll have 3 nights on a 5-star cruise on the Yangtze River and finish with 3 nights in Shanghai for some amazing shopping where we’ll get clothes made, prescription glasses made and enjoy more incredible food.
Price is based on a single person in their own room and is $6,995 including flights from Auckland, accommodation, cruise, trains and transfers, Chinese visa and most meals. If you bring a friend and room share you’ll get a $1,000 discount.
Read the full itinerary here and contact me if you are interested in this tour in 2020 as we are planning those now.
December 13-27, 2019
Christmas Markets River Cruise
This magical Christmas tour will depart from Auckland and start with two nights in Frankfurt, then to Vienna to experience the classical music scene for one night, then we’ll 7-nights on board a Uniworld luxury river cruise to Nuremberg where all food and drinks are included as well as daily excursions to gorgeous Christmas markets.
We will disembark and go to Paris for two nights and enjoy a private walking tour with a local guide, plus a quintessential Christmas Eve dinner and then the next day save room for our Christmas Day lunch in a beautiful hotel.
We’ll fly home via a night in Singapore to warm up and you’ll be back for New Year’s!
Click here for the interary and costs. This tour will sell quickly, so you can reserve your space with a $500 deposit.
Texas TV Tour
If you’re as much of a fan of HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper as I am, you will probably have a visit to the Silos and Magnolia Table in Waco on your Bucket List. And if you (or your other half) are a Discovery Turbo fan, you probably want to visit Gas Monkey Bar and Grill in Dallas.
This tour is in the planning stages but looks like 9-10 days staying in Houston, Austin, Waco, Dallas and Fort Worth.
I have been to three of these cities and want to take you to some great music and BBQ joints, Johnson Space Center, hopefully a Texas Rangers game and JFK’s memorial, plus the Gaines’ businesses and a bit of Richard Rawlings 😀
Costs and full itinerary to come. Drop me a line if you’d like to be kept in the loop!
If you’d like me to phone or email you about any of these tours, just fill in this form and I’ll be in touch as soon as possible 😀