Travel with Judith

Judith Cullen’s Informal Tours Offer Cultural and Culinary Delights

Popular and Stylish with pretty much impeccable service, staying in tasteful hotels, eating at many restaurants in impressive settings and encompassing the best major attractions.

Tours compromise a mix of gardens, historical sites, providing an insider’s knowledge with local guides, a little shopping and a chance to absorb each region in your own time.

Join me and travel in a small group with like minded people. I assure you it’s  is a load of fun. Make new friendships and have all your details taken care of which means you can sit back and enjoy the ride. It will give you an opportunity to learn, be involved and experience a new and different culture which will provide you with brilliant life time memories. Be prepared to have fun.!!

Judith’s tours are unique in that she is personally involved in every stage of planning and execution. I’ve always found her groups to be friendly, inclusive and cohesive. The included meals and accompanying wines are always extremely generous, reflecting Judith’s gift for hospitality. She goes out of the way to ensure a good time is had, whilst showing and educating her groups (including through the use of local guides) about the history, customs and cuisine of the surrounding countryside. I cannot recommend her tours highly enough – as value for money and good entertainment.

 Tours 2018

Dunedin ID Fashion Week /  Central Otago

2nd – 9th May 


For a long time now I have wanted to plan a NZ tour to include Dunedin and Central Otago. The Dunedin ID Fashion Week has gained a huge amount of publicity over the years and has become a major event for fashion designers here in Dunedin and world wide. I have designed a 6 night tour to incorporate what I think is the best to do here in Dunedin and continuing on into Central Otago.

I have included wonderful restaurants, local wine and food, iconic personalities, stunning gardens, beautiful scenery and planned a programme that will be fun and very busy. The tour is inclusive of meals, wine, accommodation, transport and activities. Numbers will be limited. Feel free to ask your friends and this is suitable for ‘men’ – my husband Philip goes to ID events every year. You will have to make your travel arrangements into Dunedin and out of Queenstown.

Please contact me now if you would like a booking form.

For  more information, click here….


Normandy and Scotland 

May 22nd  – June 10th 



I was thrilled to offer my first tour to Normandy and Scotland earlier this year in May and June. It was a resounding success and the combination of Food, Gardens and History worked perfectly. Boutique Hotels, outstanding dinners and special excursions combine to ensure this tour is distinctive and exceptional.

My love of gardening, food and lifestyle attracted me to both of these regions. I am thrilled and excited to share some of the many interesting and fascinating excursions and visits that we encounter on this 19day tour.

I once again have Charles Barkla to guide and extoll all his amazing history and knowledge.

I spent valuable time with Charles and his wife Lissa where we traveled for long days, especially in the lengthy daylight hours in Scotland during Spring and Jacques and Anny in Normandy driving the narrow laneways. I couldn’t have planned this trip without them.

During this tour we will become familiar Normandy and its links to England and Scotland. Scotland is a country with a very strong heritage and everything quintessentially Scottish from its Tartan, Music and Whisky to unsurpassed Scenery, Historical Estates and Famous Golf Courses. From the spectacular highland countryside of Scotland surrounded by lochs and an intricate coastline abundant with delicious seafood. Normandy is one of the great historic regions of France. The long beaches of Normandy are reflective reminder where on “D-Day” in June 1944, Allied forces disembarked on the Normandy beaches, in a massive surprise attack that was to mark the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Today the beaches and the area inland are the site of many memorials and museums in remembrance of those who fought through and those who died during this momentous period of history. Using the beautiful historical town of Bayeux as our base we will encompass Word War II history, walk and explore fabulous towns like Honfleur, St Malo and Dinan and find stunning gardens all the while we eat regional food and drink good French wine.


17th June – 4th July 


I traveled with Alison this year in Scotland and Normandy and we are determined to get the Turkish tour away in 2018. She lives and works in Turkey and with all her contacts our small boutique tour is terrific fun.

So…. I  am thrilled to advertise this lovely tour which will ensure you get to enjoy a taste of the history, culture and cuisine of Turkey. I continue to have a long time love of the Turkish cuisine and I am delighted to be returning to Turkey for another year . Travelling in a small group with experienced tour guides Alison and Hasan – they are expert in local knowledge and customs. Alison and I have been in contact for a number of years and recently after a planning day in Auckland we made the decision to take a tour to Turkey for May 2013. She has been involved in tours throughout Turkey for a number of years and I feel very privileged to have Alison and Hasan as my tour guides in turkey.

This tour gives you a taste of the history, culture and cuisine of Turkey. Turkey is a land at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Across the centuries, this land was populated by great empires including the Greeks, Persians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. The vast Ottoman Empire covered three continents for almost 600 years and controlled the spice road. Our tour will introduce you to the history – back to the days of Byzantium – with visits to key historical sites from Greek, Roman and early Christian heritage (such as Ephesus, Troy and Aya Sofia) as well as the palaces and mosques built during the Ottoman period (such as Topkapi, the Dolmabahce Palace and the Blue Mosque). We will also visit areas of natural beauty on the coast and the magical area of Cappadocia with its Fairy Chimneys, early Christian churches and underground cities right in the centre of Turkey. And of course you will be given the opportunity to taste and learn about Turkish cuisine, by visiting restaurants, cafes and private Turkish homes. We will taste all the most celebrated dishes from Turkish cuisine and you will learn how to cook some signature Turkish dishes which can easily be prepared by you at home in New Zealand.

Our tour gives you a balance of organised activities such as visits to main historical sites with qualified guides and free time to explore at your own pace.

For more information, click here….

France and Italy

23rd August – 10th September


For the 6th year I am offering this fabulous tour. Along with my fabulous bus company and driver Alberto and the best insiders knowledge from Cristina in Venice, Charles through Italy and the French Alps to Vincent in Burgundy.            We pride ourselves in offering a tourist trip without being a tourist and give you an amazing time.

Join us and follow Napoleon’s historical journeys from Venice and the plains of Northern Italy, across the Alps and down to Switzerland and on to the heart of France,

We start in the famous and extraordinary city of Venice and from there travel onto northern Italy and the lush and beautiful Italian lakes. We follow in the footsteps of famous poets, writers and artists and soak up the exquisite Piedmont and Lombardy food and wine – cruising on Lakes Como and Maggiore and taking in Milan and Verona.

From there we cross the Simplon Pass – like travellers for centuries, and descend down into Switzerland to explore the pre-alpine Geneva region, as well as some of the highest mountains in Europe. The local mountain food and scenery are unique and spectacular.

We enjoy rural Burgundy with its famous food and wines and beautiful villages. Napoleon is known to have appreciated all these areas. You will understand his Corsican love of French and Italian gastronomy and culture, as well as his influence on these regions, which is still apparent today.


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