High Quality, Great Value, First Class Escorted Tours for discerning travellers.

Welcome to China, a country I love. In August 1975 I escorted my first tour into China and have been back 49 times since. I have enjoyed the privilege of being able to open new borders on the Trans Mongolian in 1979, across Tibet to Nepal, from Xinjiang to Kazakhstan, from Kashgar to Islamabad on the Karakorum Highway into Pakistan, and in more recent years the amazing development as China powers ahead. I invite you to explore, experience, and enjoy China with us, in comfort...

Amazing Journeys by Private Train

lernidee persian explorer

Persian Explorer
Experience opulent ancient Persia and the wonders of modern Iran by train. From the colossal gates of Persepolis to the lush gardens of Shiraz, embark upon an unforgettable railroad journey. Sold out for 2018 and not scheduled for 2019.
Discover the heart of the Silk Road on a special 12 day departure from Tashkent to Shakrisabz, Samarkand, Khiva, Bukhara, 18 - 29 September, 2019. fares from $NZ6,100 share twin Tashkent to Tashkent
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circle rail

Rocky Mountaineer
Canadian Rockies Grand Rail Circle - 13 days
2018 departure dates
April 22, 29. May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24. July 1,8,15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26. September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Costs in Canadian Dollars - seasonal:
Silver Leaf. $5,380 - $6,969.
Breakfasts and dinners $1,339
Gold Leaf. $7,584 - $10,146.
Breakfasts and dinners$1,333 - $1,589
Gold Leaf de luxe. $8,763 - $11,633.
Breakfasts and dinners $1,761
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lernidee orient silk road express

Orient Silk Road Express
The Legendary Silk Road by Private Train
Kazakhstan · Uzbekistan · Turkmenistan. Almaty to Ashgabat or vv 2018 sold out quickly. Book now for 2019! Commence Almaty 28 March and 03 October 2019
Commence Ashgabat 09 April and 15 October 2019
Escorted departure from Auckland 26 March, 2019
Fares from $NZ9,700 share twin ex Auckland
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lernidee tsar's gold

Tsar's Gold
The Legendary Trans-Siberian Railway by Private Train
China · Mongolia · Russia Fares from $NZ10,900 per person share twin Beijing - Moscow or vv View itinerary

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China, North Korea, Vietnam

CHINA - NORTH KOREA - VIETNAM
Discover the best of China plus North Korea and Vietnam.

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FABULOUS CRUISE DEALS - updated 15th May, 2018
Air fares excluded. All prices share twin in New Zealand dollars

Cruise deals valid to 31 May, 2018.

FRENCH POLYNESIA - 'WIND SPIRIT" 7 night cruise from Papeete 12 July
Papeete, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora (2 days), Huahine
From $NZ3,990

13 day tour including air fares ex Auckland, 4 nights Le Meridien, 7 night cruise, and Tahiti and Raiatea island tours just $7,990

HOLY LAND AND ANCIENT KINGDOMS
14 night cruise aboard 'PRINSENDAM" from Rome to Rome 30 September
Cruise fares from $4,500 inside cabin. $5,500 Oceanview. $6,900 Vista suite.(air not included)

LOCALLY HOSTED TOURS 2018

CHINA MINI TOUR
Guilin - Xian - Beijing
8 nights in China. Depart every friday year round just $4,490 Read more...

BEST OF CHINA
Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Suzhou,
De Luxe Yangtse cruise
Chongqing, Chengdu, Xian, Beijing
Independent departures from Auckland every Sunday night (minimum 2 passengers) April 08 - November 18, 2018.
2018 escorted departure from Auckland 20 May - links to TSARS GOLD private train tour to Moscow
Minimum 6 required for escort
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SRI LANKA - Maldives option.
History - game parks - tea plantations - beautiful scenery - coastal resort
11 nights in Sri lanka. Depart every Monday year round just $6,990 Read more...

NEPAL
Nepal was devastated by the massive earthquake and aftershocks. Many people in Nepal rely on tourism for their livelihood and are suffering. You can help by visiting and supporting local people and enterprises. Nepal is known for its trekking but has much more to offer and while we can arrange trekking our itinerary is available to all those like to travel in a beautiful country in comfort - with some optional trekking available!
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CANADIAN ROCKIES AND ALASKA HIGHLIGHTS
22 Days. Includes "Rocky Mountaineer" and 7 night luxury Holland America cruise
Independent departures (minimum 2 passengers) weekly May - September, 2018
Optional Caribbean cruise extension
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Cook Island toursDISCOVER THE BEST OF THE COOK ISLANDS
RAROTONGA, ATIU, AITUTAKI. 11 Days/10 nights.
Independent departures daily for minimum of 2
Escorted departure from Auckland 12 August.
DISCOVER FRENCH POLYNESIA.11 Days.
Option One: Four nights Tahiti Le Meridien resort plus 7 days cruising French Polynesia aboard "Wind Spirit".
Departs most mondays year round (minimum 2 passengers)
Option Two: Four nights Le Meridien resort plus 7 nights Kaveka resort Moorea.
Can be combined with BEST OF THE COOK ISLANDS tour

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Discover SOUTH AFRICA AND VICTORIA FALLS - OPTIONAL BOTSWANA EXTENSION
19 Days. Depart most Sundays year round.
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DISCOVER THE BEST OF EUROPE
Frequent departures April - October, 2018.
Features: PRAGUE PLUS 14 NIGHT DANUBE AND RHINE CRUISE FROM BUDAPEST TO AMSTERDAM Options to PARIS, and Eurostar to LONDON
ESCORTED (Prague to Amsterdam) GROUP DEPARTURE depart Auckland October 16. Optional Warsaw and Krakow beforehand and/or Paris and London afterwards.

These cruises fill fast and some are already full for 2019. Please reserve as soon as possible.
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The Secret of a successful nation

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The Secret of personal success

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The Connoisseur Collection
First class escorted small group tours
Maximum 24 plus escort in any group
2018/2019


DISCOVER NEW ZEALAND from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island on our small group tours. Guaranteed weekly departures year round for minimum of 2 on most tours. Plus Awesome Auckland stayovers, Private tours, Independent Tours, and Air Safaris.
HOBBITON. Visit the Shire and explore Hobbiton, centre of Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit films. Tours from Auckland daily except sundays and Christmas Day from just $169.
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ESCORTED TOURS. 2019

ORIENT SILK ROAD EXPRESS - KAZAKHSTAN - UZBEKISTAN - TURKMENISTAN
18 days escorted. 26 March - 12 April, 2019.
incldues fabulous 14 day tour by private train from Almaty to Ashgabat including Turkestan, Tashkent, Shakrisabz, Samarkand, Khiva, Bukhara, and Merv. 7 nights on train, balance hotels. For itinerary see above.
Tour cost ex Auckland escorted tour: Ali Baba (4 berth cabins) $7,100, 2 berth cabins, Ali Baba $9,740, Aladdin $11,120, Sultan $16,300, Kalif $16,540

DISCOVER ISRAEL, JORDAN, CAIRO, GREECE - 23 Days. Just $14,900
Departs Auckland 14 April, 2019. Returns 10 May, 2019
My 17th tour to the Middle East. Features a comprehensive and relaxed experience of the best of Israel:
Tel Aviv, Joppa, Caesarea, Haifa, Akko, Nazareth, Galilee, Jerusalem (4 nights), Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Massada,
JORDAN: Wadi Rum (overnight) , Petra, Madaba, Mt Nebo, Jerash, Amman,
CAIRO: 2 nights including Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum
4 night cruise from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos, Ephesus (Kusadasi), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini,
GREECE: Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Philippi.
13 day ISRAEL ONLY ($6,990 ex Auckland share twin) or 15 day ISRAEL AND JORDAN ($7,900 ex Auckland share twin) options. Read More....

BEIJING TO MOSCOW - TSARS GOLD
Beijing to Moscow or Moscow to Beijing by private Train.
Hosted on board by English speaking guide
June 10 departure will be escorted from Auckland subject to minimum of 10 passengers from New Zealand
Commence Beijing
2019: May 11, June 9, July 05, July 27, August 22, September 14

Commence Moscow
2019: May 04, June 01, June 27, July 20, August 15, September 07
Features private train through Mongolia and Russia
See our amazing journeys by private train above.
16 days from just $10,900 Beijing - Moscow or vice versa including all travel, meals, and escorted tours at each city stop
I have done this journey 16 times since 1979 - the last time on Tsars Gold in 2015 - talk to me about it on 021 174 9588 - Stephen Greenfield

DISCOVER THE BEST OF EUROPE
22 September - 18 October 2019.
Features: WARSAW - KRACKOW - PRAGUE PLUS 14 NIGHT DANUBE AND RHINE CRUISE FROM BUDAPEST TO AMSTERDAM
Options to fly to Rome for 14 night Holyland cruise or visit PARIS, and Eurostar to LONDON
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ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS 2019 15 October - 04 November, 2019
3 nights Rome plus 14 night Holland America cruise to Greece and Israel
Included excursions in Athens, Jerusalem, Galilee, and Akko
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