Travels

 Tours 2017

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.

Dunedin ID Fashion Week /  Central Otago

March 22nd – 28th

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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 18th – June 6th

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I have recently spent a second week this year in Normandy and Scotland gathering material for a 19 day tour focusing on culture and history, gardens, food and wine of the regions and of whisky. Spending a lot of time finding fabulous boutique hotels in many stunning situations.

I will be once again joined by my guide Charles Barkla who now shifted from Dunedin to Edinburgh and has lots of  inside  information.

We have combined the two countries because they have been linked for nearly a thousand year by what is known in Scotland as “The Auld Alliance”. It has massive historical implications, especially for Scotland as well for language, food and architecture.

Starting in France we fly into Charles d’ Gaulle Airport – Paris and drive to our first 3 nights in the ancient walled city of St Malo. Although this is just in Brittany it is the perfect setting to visit the famous Mont St Michel and the stunning medieval city of Dinan.

From here we travel to Bayeux home of the extraordinary tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of Britain. Garden visits, time exploring the landing beaches and some Calvados tasting make our 3 night stay very exciting and busy.

Our drive back to Paris includes a visit to Giverny (Monet’s beautiful garden) before flying to Glasgow and spending our first night on Scotland’s West Coast in a large Scottish Manor.

Scotland’s Heritage is full of history, beauty, stunning scenery and great food. We spend the next 12 nights between Oban, Isle of Skye, the Highlands and Edinburgh.

Expect to see fabulous spring gardens, castles, historic sites and stately houses. Enjoy wonderful Scottish cuisine featuring fresh local seafood and meat with the occasional mandatory whisky and haggis tasting! Our tour will finish in Edinburgh where you can fly home or continue traveling.

Turkey

11th – 28th June

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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

24th August – 11th September

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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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