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. Fares from USD5,880 per person share twin View itinerary

circle rail

Rocky Mountaineer
Canadian Rockies Grand Rail Circle - 13 days View itinerary

lernidee orient silk road express

Orient Silk Road Express
The Legendary Silk Road by Private Train
Kazakhstan · Uzbekistan · Turkmenistan Fares from USD5,000 per person share twin View itinerary

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Tsar's Gold
The Legendary Trans-Siberian Railway by Private Train
China · Mongolia · Russia Fares from USD7,590 per person share twin 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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Ancient Empires

Ancient Empires
Discover the Holy Lands in the steps of St. Paul
Depart Auckland 10 October, 2017
Greece - Israel - Egypt - Rome
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China Tours

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 friday night (minimum 2 passengers) April 07 - November 17, 2017.
2017 escorted departures depart Auckland
28 April - links to our BEIJING TO MOSCOW by private train tour
26 May - links to our NORTH KOREA and BEIJING TO MOSCOW by private train tours
Minimum 6 required for escort
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LOCALLY HOSTED TOURS 2017

HELP NEPAL
Nepal was devastated by the recent 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!
$100 of your tour cost goes to support school reconstruction and educational materials.
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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, 2017
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 every saturday for minimum of 2

DISCOVER FRENCH POLYNESIA.11 Days from just $4,990 per person ex Auckland share twin. Two nights Tahiti resort plus 7 days cruising French Polynesia aboard "Wind Spirit". Depart Auckland June 28, 2017. Can be combined with BEST OF THE COOK ISLANDS tour
TAHITI PARTY'S FOR TWO WEEKS AROUND BASTILLE DAY. Optional stayover to enjoy this festival from 7-23 July


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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, 2017.
Features: PRAGUE PLUS 14 NIGHT DANUBE AND RHINE CRUISE FROM BUDAPEST TO AMSTERDAM Options to PARIS, and Eurostar to LONDON

Please note: Many sailings for 2017 are already sold out or have limited selection of cabins left. Please reserve as soon as possible.
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The Connoisseur Collection
First class escorted small group tours
Maximum 16 plus escort in any group
2017


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.
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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 from just $249. Read more...

ESCORTED TOURS
2017

ORIENT SILK ROAD EXPRESS.
DISCOVER THE SILK ROAD BY PRIVATE TRAIN - ASHGABAD TO ALMATY
Ashgabad, Merv, Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Shakrisabz, Tashkent, Turkestan, Almaty
Commence Ashgabat
2017: 11 April and 17 October
11 April departure escorted from Auckland departing 10 April for minimum of 6 passengers.
See our amazing journeys by private train above.

BEIJING TO MOSCOW
Beijing to Moscow by private Train.
Commence Beijing
2017: 14 May and 11 June.

Commence Moscow
2017: 06 May, 03 June
Features private train through Mongolia and Russia
See our amazing journeys by private train above.

NORTH KOREA AND BEIJING
Discover it for yourself
10 Days. Commences Beijing 10 June, 2017.
This our links from our BEST OF CHINA tour

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ANCIENT EMPIRES
Greece - Israel - Egypt - Rome
- Discover the Holy Lands in the steps of St. Paul
29 Days. Depart Auckland 10 October 2017
Features:
Business Class long haul travel
8 day tour of Greece including Thessalonica, Philippi, Neapolis, Berea, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, Nauplia, Mycenae, Corith, Athens
14 night cruise aboard "Prinsendam" to Cyprus, Israel, (Haifa and Ashdod - 2 days touring included to Galilee and Jerusalem), Egypt (Port Said and Alexandria - 2 day tour to Cairo included), Crete, Malta, Sicily, Naples, and Rome.
3 nights Rome with 2 days sightseeing

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SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA. 26 days
CHRISTMAS AT SEA. Depart 13 December, 2017. Special fares available!!!
Includes 21 night luxury Holland America cruise from Santiago to Buenos Aires via Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn, Antarctic Peninsula (no landings), Falkland Islands, Montevideo, with optional extensions to Iguassu Falls, Rio De Janeiro, Cuzco, Macchu Picchu, Quito, Galapagos.
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ESCORTED TOURS
2018

DISCOVER ISRAEL - 13 Days. Just $7,900
Departs Auckland 15 April, 2018.
Optional Jordan extension. My 16th tour to the Middle East. Features a comprehensive and relaxed experience of the best of Israel.
Features ANZAC Day visit to Beersheba war cemetary.
Tel Aviv, Joppa, Caesarea, Haifa, Akko, Nazareth, Galilee, Jerusalem (4 nights), Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Massada, Beersheba
Optional Jordan extension.

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BATTLE OF BEERSHEBA
The battle for Beersheba in which the New Zealand Mounted Rifles played an important role on the 31st October, 1917, marked the start of the liberation of Israel/Palestine from the Turkish empire. We will visit the Beersheba War Cemtary on ANZAC Day and hold a short commeoration service

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