High Quality, Great value, first class small group escorted Tours

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Gorge Punt GroupSHANGHAI, XIAN, AND BEIJING SUPERDEAL
8 nights in China
Depart every Monday night year round from just $4,900 per person share room.
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CHINA MINI TOUR
Guilin - Xian - Beijing
8 nights in China. Depart every friday year round just $4,490 Read more...

Discover BEST OF CHINA
Guilin - Shanghai - Suzhou - Luxury Yangtse Cruise - Chongqing - Dazu - Xian - Beijing.
17 Days/15 nights accommodated. Depart Auckland every friday March - November 2015 and 2016 (Minimum 2 people)
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Discover the HIGHLIGHTS OF CHINA.
Beijing - Xian - Shanghai - Guilin
13 nights - DEPART DAILY YEAR ROUND Read more...

BEST OF THE YANGTSE, 19 days
Features: Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, 6 NIGHT LUXURY YANGTSE VICTORIA CRUISE from Chongqing to Shanghai, Suzhou. Optional extension to Guilin and Hong Kong.
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Discover Vietnam and China, 20, or 27 nights accommodated.
Independent departures every wednesday year round
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Japan
Japan and South Korea
South Korea
North Korea
Mongolia
Taiwan
Vietnam
Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia
Thailand
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India
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Asia Cruising from Singapore

 

The Connoisseur Collection
Small group escorted tours

2015

Discover the BEST OF NEW ZEALAND
First class small group tours
From Cape Reinga and the Bay of Islands in the north to Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown in the south our small group tours offer the best in service, flexibility, and informality. Guaranteed departures for minimum of 2 - maximum of 12 in any group. Read more...

SRI LANKA AND THE MALDIVES
Negombo - Elephant orphanage - Dambulla - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Anuradhapura - Kandy - Tea Plantation - Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park - Galle - Kalutara.
Optional extension to the Maldives from Colombo, or cruise from Singapore.
A "CARING HEARTS - HELPING HANDS" tour continuing assistance to Tsunami orphans in the Kalutara area
13 days. Depart every Monday year round for minimum of 2. Escorted (subject to minimum of 6) departure 6th June, 2016.Read more...

ISRAEL
17 days. Depart 29th September, 2015. Read more...

Cook Island toursCOOK ISLANDS ESCORTED - 14th August, 2015
Independent departures every Saturday (minimum 2 passengers) year round

RAROTONGA - AITUTAKI - ATIU
OPTIONAL MANIHIKI AND PUKAPUKA EXTENSION
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VIETNAM AND CHINA,
18 days/15 nights accommodated
Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Hoi An, Hue, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, train to Guilin, Li River Cruise, Xian, Beijing. Read More....

Discover MAGNIFICENT CHINA
Beijing - Xian - Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu - Dazu - Chongqing - 6 NIGHT LUXURY YANGTSE CRUISE TO SHANGHAI - Suzhou. Optional extension to Guilin, Yangshuo, and Hong Kong
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DISCOVER THE BEST OF EUROPE
26 days. Departs Auckland May 8, 29, June 5, 26, July 3, 14, 31, August 21, 28, September 18, 25, October 16, November 23.
Any departure will be escorted from Auckland subject to a minimum of 10 travelling
Features: , PRAGUE, 14 NIGHT DANUBE AND RHINE CRUISE FROM BUDAPEST TO AMSTERDAM plus PARIS, and Eurostar to LONDON
Optional extension on "QM2" to New York or a Holyland cruise. Read more...

Discover SOUTH AFRICA AND VICTORIA FALLS - OPTIONAL BOTSWANA EXTENSION
21 Days. Independent departures most sundays year round Read More....

GENERAL INFORMATION
I escorted my first group to China in August, 1975, and have been back 46 times since. Its a combination of the history, diversity and friendliness of the people, magnificent scenery, cuisine, various cultures, and modern development that keep me coming back for more. The friendliness of the people and expertise of the guides makes touring China a most rewarding experience.

Cruising the YANGTSE is a fabulous experience of scenery, service, and relaxation and we use the top cruise company on the river - the 5 star Victoria cruises. All cabins have private shower and toilet, private balcony to relax and watch the scenery go by as well as extensive upper deck viewing areas, and superb crew. A major development in 2003 was the completion of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtse River. The total project will not be completed until 2009. All our cruises now use the 5 lock system to bring the ship to the new level behind the dam. A visit to the information centre is included on all tours and now it is often possible to go onto the dam itself. The experience of cruising the Yangtse has not been diminished in any way. In fact we are now able to venture further up the Shennong Stream and Daning River on our small boat excursion to see even more amazing scenery. Whether you choose our MAGNIFICENT CHINA, SPLENDOURS OF CHINA, or MAJESTIC CHINA tours which include cruising the most scenic part of the river between Yichang and Chongqing, or our GREAT WALL AND YANGTSE EXPLORER which features Beijing, the Great Wall at Jinshanling, and the eastern end at Shanhaiguan, Xian and Chongqing PLUS 6 nights cruising from Chongqing to Shanghai, the Yangtse will be one of the most memorable and enjoyable parts of your tour.


TIBET AND NEPAL
I escorted my first tour across Tibet to Nepal in 1984 and am delighted to now offer our TIBET AND NEPAL tour (Part of our Majestic China tour) including the new Lhasa train service. Departing Auckland on the 5th October, 2010 we will fly to Beijing, then on to Xian where we join the TRAIN TO LHASA and drive across the roof of the world to Nepal, including a visit to Everest base camp. Nepal is another of my favourite countries and the signing of the new peace treaty within the country enables us to offer this beautiful country in comfort and confidence. Why not join me on this very special experience

 

INDEPENDENT LOCALLY HOSTED TRAVEL
We are happy to operate independent itineraries for you with daily departures to your itinerary (minimum 2 passengers required). One english speaking local guide will be attached to you in each city and look after your transfers, check in and out, sightseeing, and tickets to the next city. It is more expensive but you get to see what you want to see, at the pace at which you want to travel.

Come with us and experience this country for yourself this year.

 

P.S. We welcome all nationalities on our tours and are happy to provide 'land only' rates for you to join us in Hong Kong or Beijing and finish at the last city in China.

 

OUR FIVE STAR CHINA FEATURES
** EXPERIENCE.

We have 32 years experience in operating China Tours. All our land arrangements in China are contracted direct with Beijing who have been giving me excellent service since 1975. Our tour manager in Beijing is available to us at any time.

** COMFORT
We use 4 star hotels wherever possible in China (and an occasional 5 star hotel) for maximum comfort and hygiene and 5 star cruise ships on the Yangtse. Hotels are carefully chosen for service and convenience. An experienced China Tours escort will accompany all groups of 10 or more from New Zealand.

** FLEXIBILITY
With our strong contacts in Beijing and throughout China we are able to arrange personalized itineraries. Many of our tours link to each other and many clients travel with us to get accustomed to China then spend some extra time exploring other areas.

** COMPREHENSIVE INCLUSIONS
A full programme of sightseeing is included with english speaking guides to maximise your experience of China. Most meals are included as indicated by each day however we have left a few meals free in major cities on some tours to enable you to take a break from Chinese cuisine if you wish, or experience the local restaurants.Also included in all tours are your visa fee and airport taxes within mainland China. Tips to drivers and guides are included on our escorted tours only.

** VALUE
Our longstanding experience in China enables us to negotiate excellent rates - especially considering the high standard of accommodation and service, depth of itineraries, and inclusiveness of our tours. Take advantage of our strengths.

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