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. 2018 departures 12 and 18 April.
Ali Baba $US5,880. Aladdin $US6,220 Sultan $US12,900
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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 Commence Almaty 29 March.2018
Commence Ashgabat 10 April, 16 October 2018
Escorted departure from Auckland 27 March, 2018
Fares from $9,400 share twin ex Auckland
TASHKENT TO TEHERAN - special departure 15 -= 30 September, 2018. From $US6,000
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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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LOCALLY HOSTED TOURS 2017/2018

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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SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA. 26 days
CHRISTMAS AT SEA. Depart 13 December, 2017. From just $10,900 Auckland/Auckland
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.
This tour operates for a minimum of 2 and will be esorted for a minimum of 10
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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 from just $5,990 per person ex Auckland share twin. Four nights Tahiti resort plus 7 days cruising French Polynesia aboard "Wind Spirit". departs most mondays year round (minimum 2 passengers)
Can be combined with BEST OF THE COOK ISLANDS tour
ESCORTED departure from Auckland including Bastille Day in Papeete July 9 - 21, 2018

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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.
FLY FREE TO EUROPE on any Viking River Cruise of 13 days or more deposit paid by 30 September, 2017. 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 2018. 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
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 and Christmas Day from just $249.
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ANCIENT EMPIRES Last chance for 2017!
Greece - Israel - Rome
- Discover the Holy Lands in the steps of St. Paul
29 Days. Depart Auckland 10 October 2017
Features:
** 1 day tour of Shanghai,
** 8 day tour of Greece including Thessaloniki, Philippi, Neapolis, Berea, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, Nauplia, Mycenae, Corinth, Athens
** 14 night cruise aboard Holland America "Prinsendam" (Oceanview cabin) to Cyprus, Israel, (Haifa - full day sightseeing to Nazareth and Gallilee, Ashdod - 2 days sightseeing and hotel overnight in Jerusalem),Rhodes, Crete, Malta (2 days), Sicily, Naples, and Rome.
** 3 nights Rome with 2 days sightseeing
Just $11,990 Economy class air. $14,990 Business Class air
Upgrade to Vista Verandah cabin add $2000 per person
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Mediterranean Superdeal

20 days 18 October - 05 November,2017 just $8,990 per person share twin including
** Return economy class air fares
** 1 nights Athens with sightseeing.
** 14 night cruise aboard Prinsendam Oceanview cabin
** ISRAEL - 1 day tour to Nazareth and Gallilee, 2 days in Jerusalem
** 1 night Rome with 2 days sightseeing
(Upgrade to Vista Verandah Cabin $10,990 per person share twin

ESCORTED TOURS. 2018

ORIENT SILK ROAD EXPRESS.
DISCOVER THE SILK ROAD BY PRIVATE TRAIN.
Almaty, Turkistan, Tashkent, Shakrisabz, Samarkand, Khiva, Bujhara, Merv, Ashgabat.
Escorted departure from Auckland 27 March, 2018. Return 13 April
Cost per person in New Zealand dollars Auckland/Auckland share twin from just $9,400

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.
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 Cemetary on ANZAC Day and hold a short commemoration service View itinerary

BEIJING TO MOSCOW
Beijing to Moscow by private Train.
Commence Beijing
2018: May 13, June 10, July 06, July 29, August 24,September 16

Commence Moscow
May 05, June 02, June 28, July 21, August 16, September 08
Features private train through Mongolia and Russia
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DISCOVER FRENCH POLYNESIA.11 Days from just $5,990 per person ex Auckland share twin. Four nights Tahiti resort plus 7 days cruising French Polynesia aboard "Wind Spirit". departs most mondays year round (minimum 2 passengers)
Can be combined with BEST OF THE COOK ISLANDS tour
ESCORTED departure from Auckland including Bastille Day in Papeete July 9 - 21, 2018
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ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS 2018 New itinerary 26 September - 16 October, 2018
Optional extension to Warsaw, Krakow, Berlin, and Prague afterwards
Optional 14 night cruise Budapest to Amsterdam
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DISCOVER THE BEST OF EUROPE
Frequent departures April - October, 2018.
FLY FREE TO EUROPE on any Viking River Cruise of 13 days or more deposit paid by 30 September, 2017. 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 2018. Please reserve as soon as possible.
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