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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lernidee tsar's gold

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 - Rome (Itinerary changed) New itinerary here....


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 departure from Auckland 03 September, 2017
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!
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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
Escorted departure from Auckland 14 August.
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 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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SEE AND SKI NEW ZEALAND


Auckland, Waitomo, Hobbiton, Rotorua, and ski a volcano in the Tongariro National Park
2017 programme operating 16 July - 24 September, 2017.
2016 brochure prices guaranteed for 2017.
UPDATE 17 July, 2017.
A huge dump of snow at the end of last week has made ski-ing conditions the best for many years. School holidays finish at the end of this week so come on over and enjoy the fabulous ski conditions on the mid week less crowded slopes. You can extend our packages as long as you like (and accommodation is available!) and we are happy to do special packages for you.
WINTER SUPERDEALS: Save 10% on our SEE AND SKI tours commencing sundays 20 August and 17 September.
"Friendly Four 5% and Super six (10%) discounts for 4 or 6 people reserving and travelling together on any tour!

Private transfers to or from Whakapapa Village or Ohakune available from Auckland City or airport. Available any day except sundays and any time 7am - 6pm
One way: Up to 5 people total cost $700 (People Mover), up to 11 people $900 (Mercedes mini bus).
Same day return with 3 hours in the snow at Whakapapa: People Mover $850. Mini Bus $1100. Depart 7am - return 7.30pm
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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

ANCIENT EMPIRES
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

22 days 16 October - 07 November just $9,990 per person share twin including
Return economy class air fares
2 nights Athens. Corinth, Mycenae, Athens sightseeing.
14 night cruise aboard Prinsendam Oceanview cabin
ISRAEL - 1 day tour to Nazareth and Gallilee, 2 days in Jerusalem including 1 night hotel
3 nights Rome with 2 days sightseeing
(Upgrade to Vista Verandah Cabin $11,990 per person share twin
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ORIENT SILK ROAD EXPRESS.
DISCOVER THE SILK ROAD BY PRIVATE TRAIN.
Ashgabat - Almaty and vice versa - all departures now full for 2017!!
TASHKENT - TASHKENT 10 days including Shakrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Tashkent, Samarkand. 23 September - 02 October.
Limited space. 5 nights hotel, 4 nights on train

Cost per person in New Zealand dollars: Auckland/Auckland Ali Baba cabin just $6,990. Aladin $7,990

TASHKENT - TEHRAN - fabulous journey 16 days 16 September - 01 October. Very Limited space
Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Mary, Ashgabat, Mashhad, Yazd, Isfahan, Shiraz, Pasargadae, Persepolis,Tehran
9 nights Hotel, 6 nights train. Limited Ali Baba category only available NZD $11,900 share twin ex Auckland

BEIJING TO MOSCOW
Beijing to Moscow by private Train.
Commence Beijing
2017: 17 September

Commence Moscow
2017: 09 September
Features private train through Mongolia and Russia
See our amazing journeys by private train above.

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.

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

NORTH KOREA AND BEIJING
Discover it for yourself
10 Days. Commences Beijing 09 June, 2018.
This our links from our BEST OF CHINA tour
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