13 Day Wonders of New Zealand

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The overall pace is moderate. Some of our tours require walking for up to 3 hours, including going up hills, stairs and uneven surfaces. The tour of Auckland's Sky Tower should also be considered for those affected by height. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Sydney-Auckland, Christchurch-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight: Rotorua-Christchurch
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Auckland
    • 1 night Tongariro National Park
    • 2 nights Rotorua
    • 1 night Oamaru
    • 3 nights Queenstown
    • 2 nights Franz Josef
    • 1 night Christchurch
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 9 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners and home hosted dinner)
  • Beer and wine included with all dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Visit the fabulous Auckland Museum and learn about Maori history
  • Descend into the astonishing Ruakuri Caves with its swirling rivers, waterfalls and glow worms
  • Stay overnight at the unique Chateau Tongariro renowned for its style and grandeur
  • Visit Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Park and admire its steaming geysers
  • Home hosted dinner in a traditional New Zealand home
  • Enjoy a traditionally prepared "Hangi" Dinner, cooked in the steaming ground
  • Visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin colony, home to the world's smallest penguins
  • Explore the dazzling city of Queenstown, the country's adventure capital
  • Cruise on spectacular Milford Sound, surrounded by breathtaking scenery
  • At Criffel station, take a tour of a family-run working deer farm
  • Experience the dynamic environment at the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Enjoy delightful Christchurch, the "most-English" city in the country

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The overall pace is moderate. Some of our tours require walking for up to 3 hours, including going up hills, stairs and uneven surfaces. The tour of Auckland's Sky Tower should also be considered for those affected by height. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for New Zealand
Welcome to New Zealand! Arrive in Auckland, the country's largest city, often called the "City of Sails" because of its lovely harborside location, and transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 pm with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in New Zealand, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 3 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2, Tuesday - Auckland
Begin the day at the Auckland Sky Tower, followed by a visit to the fabulous Auckland Museum. Here, you'll see the monumental carvings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the Maori people along with an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits depicting the growth of the country. Learn about the significance of Maori and Polynesian history and understand how the melding of diverse cultures helped shape the unique culture that exists in New Zealand today. Stop by Bastion Point, and then return via Mission Bay for an afternoon at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Auckland on your own. Or, join the optional Wine on Waiheke Tour. Travel by ferry to Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and gorgeous beaches. Upon arrival you'll be greeted by your knowledgeable guide, who will lead you on a wine tour of the island. Enjoy wine tastings in stunning Mudbrick vineyard, Ridgeview Estate, one of Waiheke’s newest wineries and exquisite Te Whau vineyard
Optional: Wine on Waiheke Tour (PM)
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Wednesday - Tongariro National Park
From Auckland travel to the fertile Waikato Plains, stopping in Ngaruawahia, home of the Maori King, and through the country's major dairy region. View the hilly farmlands that mix with indigenous bush as you continue south. A unique experience is in store for you at the astonishing Ruakuri Caves with its amazing formations and underground secrets. The caves are home to swirling rivers, echoing waterfalls, glow worms and rocks that flow into delicate shawl-like formations. You'll also see a deep limestone shaft and an astonishing soaring subterranean cathedral. Afterwards, on to a local farm for a sumptuous lunch. Then, drive through Te Kuiti and Taumarunui on the way to Tongariro National Park. Your accommodations are at the unique Chateau Tongariro at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, renowned for its classical style and grandeur, fondly referred to as the "Grand Old Lady of the Mountain". Tonight, dinner together surrounded by history and magnificent antiques in this grand Chateau
Overnight: Tongariro National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Huka Falls, Wai O Tapu Thermal Park, Rotorua
Luxuriate in the chateau's historic lounge, or, take a short walk to see the magnificent landscape and endless mountain views. Then, a scenic drive takes you to Taupo on the banks of the Tongariro River, where anglers come from all over the world to fish for rainbow or brown trout. You then skirt the eastern shores of Taupo Lake, the largest in the country, to thundering Huka Falls, with its striking foamy rapids that fall into crystal-clear blue waters. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of the Wai O Tapu Thermal Park. Walk through New Zealand's most colorful geothermal attraction, with its steaming geysers and bubbling hot springs. Afterwards, drive past Kaingaroa State Forest, the largest in the North Island, and make a quick stop at the Blue and Green Lakes and the Redwood Forest to hear about their history and relevance to Maori, while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Have your first glimpse of Rotorua, where you stay for the next two nights, home of fascinating Maori culture, hot springs and boiling mud pools. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Ohinemutu Village, Te Puia Thermal Reserve, "Hangi" Feast Dinner
Morning is at leisure for independent explorations in Rotorua, or join the optional Hobbiton tour. Travel through the spectacular North Island scenery to Matamata, home to the Hobbiton movie set. Take a guided tour around the set and view Hobbit holes, the Party Tree, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn. In the afternoon, have an informative look into the Maori culture visiting Ohinemutu village, the birthplace of Rotorua, where you will connect with the culture, people, history and landscape that make this place unique. Relish in the stories of days past as the local guides will share the legends and history of Rotorua and give you an insight into the Maori culture and way of life. Arrive at Te Puia, in Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity and thermal springs. Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions of the Maori and witness the phenomena of Mother Nature and how the Maori people live in harmony within this unique landscape and environment. You'll meet with a member of the local Maori tribe who shares the many aspects of traditional wood carving and its importance within the Maori culture. In the village observe the weaving demonstrations and traditional ways of creating piu piu (grass skirts). You’ll visit the kiwi house to view the nocturnal Kiwi bird before continuing to the boiling mud pools and geysers. Then, you’ll be welcomed into the Whakarewarewa Marae with a traditional Haka ceremony and Maori concert. Afterward, enjoy an authentically prepared Hangi dinner, cooked in the steaming ground and hot pools, ending with the most delectable steamed dessert. Tonight will indeed be a memorable and authentic Maori experience!
Optional: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (AM)
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Oamaru and the Blue Penguin Colony
Board a flight this morning to Christchurch in the South Island. A panoramic drive then leads you down the coast where you cross the longest bridge in New Zealand over the Rakaia River. Drive through Ashburton, center of the sheep and wheat farming area to the port city of Timaru, with one of the world's largest man-made harbors. Then, on to the pretty town of Oamaru, with its impressive display of charming Victorian architecture. This evening, visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, home to the world's smallest penguins who nest under the cliffs along the foreshore of the harbor. Watch from the outdoor observation area as they walk up the stony ramps in front of you, returning home to the breeding colony at the end of the day*. Dinner this evening is at the hotel
*Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate them. To ensure penguins keep coming back to this special area we ask you to not use your cameras, camcorders or camera phones at the Penguin Parade.
Overnight: Oamaru
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Central Otago Wine Region, Kawarau Gorge, Queenstown
Traveling south, arrive at Moeraki. Here, view the mysterious large and spherical boulders, known to be over 60 million years old, scattered along the beach, with others emerging from the sandstone cliffs. A change of scenery as you head inland to the heart of the Central Otago Wine Region, the fastest growing wine area in New Zealand, with its unique climate and rich soil that creates ideal growing conditions. After a barbecue lunch, drive through Alexandra & Clyde to the Clutha Valley and view the rugged scenery of the Kawarau Gorge following the river to Queesntown. The drive then takes you to Queenstown, named for Queen Victoria, surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown's stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. The city is acclaimed by international travelers and "kiwis" alike as New Zealand's adventure capital. Before arriving at the hotel sample some of the fine wines at one of the locally owned boutique vineyards in the Gibbston Valley. Leisure time to explore this dazzling city on your own
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Monday - Te Anau, Milford Sound
Depart Queenstown for picturesque Te Anau, gateway to Milford Sound. Nestled on the lake's edge, it's the perfect base from which to discover the spectacular glacier carved wilderness of Fiordland National Park. Follow the glacier-hewn Eglinton River Valley into a magnificent beech forest before descending into the precipitous Hollyford Valley. Tussock and scrub replace the bush as the road climbs steadily up the Hollyford to the gigantic cirque where sheer rock faces dwarf the Homer Tunnel portal beneath. Beyond the tunnel you descend into the Cleddau Canyon, between towering, rugged mountains and forests, until the road comes out into the open at spectacular Milford Sound. Board your cruise on Milford Sound and be surrounded by astonishing scenery from atop the viewing decks. An informative commentary on the natural history and wildlife follows you as you stop at waterfalls and points of interest along the way. Dinner upon arrival to Queenstown
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Full Day in Queenstown
A day at leisure for personal discovery in Queenstown. In the morning, perhaps join the optional Lakeshore, Forest & Bird Walking Tour. Embark on a delightful half day guided walk with an experienced guide, who will introduce you to the diversity of New Zealand's flora & fauna. This hike is a unique nature interpretive experience taken at a leisurely pace through native beech forest. Have fun spotting native birds on the edge of the forest as they flit in and out of view. Enjoy morning tea or coffee on the lake shore to the sounds of native bird calls and surrounded by majestic mountains. The path winds around the lake shore with an option of a steeper climb to a lookout for breathtaking mountain and lake views
Optional: Lakeshore, Forest & Bird Walking Tour (AM)
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Lake Wanaka, Franz Josef
Today, a magnificent drive on your way to glacier country. Depart Queenstown and follow the Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell, with its lush vineyards and history dating back to the hectic gold rush days of the 1800s. A short drive along the Clutha River Valley brings you to picturesque Wanaka nestled on the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka. View the rugged coastal scenery as you cross the rivers and streams flowing from the upper reaches of the mighty Southern Alps. Stop at Criffel Station and experience life on a family-run working deer farm. Join your guide for an imformative and hands-on introduction to deer farming. Afterwards, savor a barbecue lunch on the farm with your host before you continue to Franz Josef. Upon arrival, admire views of the famous glacier discovered by Europeans in 1865, named after the Austrian emperor. Although the glacier has retreated considerably, its frozen past is still visible in the present landscape. Dinner is at the hotel tonight
Overnight: Franz Josef
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Franz Josef Glacier
Your morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, your experienced and knowledgeable guide will lead you on an adventurous walk in the Franz Josef Glacier valley. Learn more about the role of the glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape as you continue through the regenerating rainforest and along the glacier valley up to the receding terminal face of the glacier. The rest of the day is at leisure in this stunning setting. Spend time in the charming and hospitable town with its cafes and international restaurants. Or, if you're looking for more adventure, opt to take a heli-hike, aerial sightseeing, or a guided ice walk atop the glacier on your own
Overnight: Franz Josef
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Christchurch
Depart Franz Josef, traveling north on the South Island's West Coast before turning inland. You gradually descend the Southern Alps and emerge in the Canterbury Plains where you enter Christchurch, the second largest city in New Zealand. Often referred to as the most English of New Zealand's cities, it is also known as the "Garden City", because of its majestic trees and extensive parks and gardens, including expansive Hagley Park in the heart of the city. An informative stop follows at Quake City, coordinated by the Canterbury Museum. Visit this unique multi-sensory attraction aimed at informing and educating New Zealanders and travellers. Tonight, share wonderful memories together on your last night in New Zealand. Bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at a special Farewell Dinner – a home hosted dinner in a typical New Zealand home. Enjoy friendly hospitality, a three course traditional meal, and a glass of local wine
Overnight: Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Depart New Zealand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for New Zealand
Welcome to New Zealand! Arrive in Auckland, the country's largest city, often called the "City of Sails" because of its lovely harborside location, and transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 pm with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in New Zealand, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 3 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2, Thursday - Auckland
Begin the day at the Auckland Sky Tower, followed by a visit to the fabulous Auckland Museum. Here, you'll see the monumental carvings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the Maori people along with an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits depicting the growth of the country. Learn about the significance of Maori and Polynesian history and understand how the melding of diverse cultures helped shape the unique culture that exists in New Zealand today. Stop by Bastion Point, and then return via Mission Bay for an afternoon at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Auckland on your own. Or, join the optional Wine on Waiheke Tour.* Travel by ferry to Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and gorgeous beaches. Upon arrival you'll be greeted by your knowledgeable guide, who will lead you on a wine tour of the island. Enjoy wine tastings in stunning Mudbrick vineyard, Ridgeview Estate, one of Waiheke’s newest wineries and exquisite Te Whau vineyard
*Apr 24 departure: Wine on Waiheke Tour is not available due to the observance of Anzac Day.
Optional: Wine on Waiheke Tour (PM)
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Friday - Tongariro National Park
From Auckland travel to the fertile Waikato Plains, stopping in Ngaruawahia, home of the Maori King, and through the country's major dairy region. View the hilly farmlands that mix with indigenous bush as you continue south. A unique experience is in store for you at the astonishing Ruakuri Caves with its amazing formations and underground secrets. The caves are home to swirling rivers, echoing waterfalls, glow worms and rocks that flow into delicate shawl-like formations. You'll also see a deep limestone shaft and an astonishing soaring subterranean cathedral. Afterwards, on to a local farm for a sumptuous lunch. Then, drive through Te Kuiti and Taumarunui on the way to Tongariro National Park. Your accommodations are at the unique Chateau Tongariro at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, renowned for its classical style and grandeur, fondly referred to as the "Grand Old Lady of the Mountain". Tonight, dinner together surrounded by history and magnificent antiques in this grand Chateau
Overnight: Tongariro National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Huka Falls, Wai O Tapu Thermal Park, Rotorua
Luxuriate in the chateau's historic lounge, or, take a short walk to see the magnificent landscape and endless mountain views. Then, a scenic drive takes you to Taupo on the banks of the Tongariro River, where anglers come from all over the world to fish for rainbow or brown trout. You then skirt the eastern shores of Taupo Lake, the largest in the country, to thundering Huka Falls, with its striking foamy rapids that fall into crystal-clear blue waters. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of the Wai O Tapu Thermal Park. Walk through New Zealand's most colorful geothermal attraction, with its steaming geysers and bubbling hot springs. Afterwards, drive past Kaingaroa State Forest, the largest in the North Island, and make a quick stop at the Blue and Green Lakes and the Redwood Forest to hear about their history and relevance to Maori, while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Have your first glimpse of Rotorua, where you stay for the next two nights, home of fascinating Maori culture, hot springs and boiling mud pools. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Ohinemutu Village, Te Puia Thermal Reserve, "Hangi" Feast Dinner
Morning is at leisure for independent explorations in Rotorua, or join the optional Hobbiton tour. Travel through the spectacular North Island scenery to Matamata, home to the Hobbiton movie set. Take a guided tour around the set and view Hobbit holes, the Party Tree, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn. In the afternoon, have an informative look into the Maori culture visiting Ohinemutu village, the birthplace of Rotorua, where you will connect with the culture, people, history and landscape that make this place unique. Relish in the stories of days past as the local guides will share the legends and history of Rotorua and give you an insight into the Maori culture and way of life. Arrive at Te Puia, in Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity and thermal springs. Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions of the Maori and witness the phenomena of Mother Nature and how the Maori people live in harmony within this unique landscape and environment. You'll meet with a member of the local Maori tribe who shares the many aspects of traditional wood carving and its importance within the Maori culture. In the village observe the weaving demonstrations and traditional ways of creating piu piu (grass skirts). You’ll visit the kiwi house to view the nocturnal Kiwi bird before continuing to the boiling mud pools and geysers. Then, you’ll be welcomed into the Whakarewarewa Marae with a traditional Haka ceremony and Maori concert. Afterward, enjoy an authentically prepared Hangi dinner, cooked in the steaming ground and hot pools, ending with the most delectable steamed dessert. Tonight will indeed be a memorable and authentic Maori experience!
Optional: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (AM)
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Oamaru and the Blue Penguin Colony
Board a flight this morning to Christchurch in the South Island. A panoramic drive then leads you down the coast where you cross the longest bridge in New Zealand over the Rakaia River. Drive through Ashburton, center of the sheep and wheat farming area to the port city of Timaru, with one of the world's largest man-made harbors. Then, on to the pretty town of Oamaru, with its impressive display of charming Victorian architecture. This evening, visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, home to the world's smallest penguins who nest under the cliffs along the foreshore of the harbor. Watch from the outdoor observation area as they walk up the stony ramps in front of you, returning home to the breeding colony at the end of the day*. Dinner this evening is at the hotel
*Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate them. To ensure penguins keep coming back to this special area we ask you to not use your cameras, camcorders or camera phones at the Penguin Parade.
Overnight: Oamaru
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Central Otago Wine Region, Kawarau Gorge, Queenstown
Traveling south, arrive at Moeraki. Here, view the mysterious large and spherical boulders, known to be over 60 million years old, scattered along the beach, with others emerging from the sandstone cliffs. A change of scenery as you head inland to the heart of the Central Otago Wine Region, the fastest growing wine area in New Zealand, with its unique climate and rich soil that creates ideal growing conditions. After a barbecue lunch, drive through Alexandra & Clyde to the Clutha Valley and view the rugged scenery of the Kawarau Gorge following the river to Queesntown. The drive then takes you to Queenstown, named for Queen Victoria, surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown's stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. The city is acclaimed by international travelers and "kiwis" alike as New Zealand's adventure capital. Before arriving at the hotel sample some of the fine wines at one of the locally owned boutique vineyards in the Gibbston Valley. Leisure time to explore this dazzling city on your own
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Wednesday - Te Anau, Milford Sound
Depart Queenstown for picturesque Te Anau, gateway to Milford Sound. Nestled on the lake's edge, it's the perfect base from which to discover the spectacular glacier carved wilderness of Fiordland National Park. Follow the glacier-hewn Eglinton River Valley into a magnificent beech forest before descending into the precipitous Hollyford Valley. Tussock and scrub replace the bush as the road climbs steadily up the Hollyford to the gigantic cirque where sheer rock faces dwarf the Homer Tunnel portal beneath. Beyond the tunnel you descend into the Cleddau Canyon, between towering, rugged mountains and forests, until the road comes out into the open at spectacular Milford Sound. Board your cruise on Milford Sound and be surrounded by astonishing scenery from atop the viewing decks. An informative commentary on the natural history and wildlife follows you as you stop at waterfalls and points of interest along the way. Dinner upon arrival to Queenstown
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Full Day in Queenstown
A day at leisure for personal discovery in Queenstown. In the morning, perhaps join the optional Lakeshore, Forest & Bird Walking Tour. Embark on a delightful half day guided walk with an experienced guide, who will introduce you to the diversity of New Zealand's flora & fauna. This hike is a unique nature interpretive experience taken at a leisurely pace through native beech forest. Have fun spotting native birds on the edge of the forest as they flit in and out of view. Enjoy morning tea or coffee on the lake shore to the sounds of native bird calls and surrounded by majestic mountains. The path winds around the lake shore with an option of a steeper climb to a lookout for breathtaking mountain and lake views
Optional: Lakeshore, Forest & Bird Walking Tour (AM)
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Lake Wanaka, Franz Josef
Today, a magnificent drive on your way to glacier country. Depart Queenstown and follow the Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell, with its lush vineyards and history dating back to the hectic gold rush days of the 1800s. A short drive along the Clutha River Valley brings you to picturesque Wanaka nestled on the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka. View the rugged coastal scenery as you cross the rivers and streams flowing from the upper reaches of the mighty Southern Alps. Stop at Criffel Station and experience life on a family-run working deer farm. Join your guide for an imformative and hands-on introduction to deer farming. Afterwards, savor a barbecue lunch on the farm with your host before you continue to Franz Josef. Upon arrival, admire views of the famous glacier discovered by Europeans in 1865, named after the Austrian emperor. Although the glacier has retreated considerably, its frozen past is still visible in the present landscape. Dinner is at the hotel tonight
Overnight: Franz Josef
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Franz Josef Glacier
Your morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, your experienced and knowledgeable guide will lead you on an adventurous walk in the Franz Josef Glacier valley. Learn more about the role of the glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape as you continue through the regenerating rainforest and along the glacier valley up to the receding terminal face of the glacier. The rest of the day is at leisure in this stunning setting. Spend time in the charming and hospitable town with its cafes and international restaurants. Or, if you're looking for more adventure, opt to take a heli-hike, aerial sightseeing, or a guided ice walk atop the glacier on your own
Overnight: Franz Josef
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Christchurch
Depart Franz Josef, traveling north on the South Island's West Coast before turning inland. You gradually descend the Southern Alps and emerge in the Canterbury Plains where you enter Christchurch, the second largest city in New Zealand. Often referred to as the most English of New Zealand's cities, it is also known as the "Garden City", because of its majestic trees and extensive parks and gardens, including expansive Hagley Park in the heart of the city. An informative stop follows at Quake City, coordinated by the Canterbury Museum. Visit this unique multi-sensory attraction aimed at informing and educating New Zealanders and travellers. Tonight, share wonderful memories together on your last night in New Zealand. Bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at a special Farewell Dinner – a home hosted dinner in a typical New Zealand home. Enjoy friendly hospitality, a three course traditional meal, and a glass of local wine
Overnight: Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Depart New Zealand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Wine on Waiheke Tour

Afternoon departure from the downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal on a pleasant cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and gorgeous beaches. Upon arrival at Matiatia Wharf, board a coach and embark on a winery tour. Enjoy premium tastings at three of Waiheke’s finest vineyards while you marvel at the beautiful scenery and panoramic views across the gulf that extend across to Auckland city. Return back to Matiatia wharf.

*Children are not permitted on this tour.

Pick up and drop off is provided. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #2 26 Dec 2018 - 18 Apr 2019 AUD$184.00
20 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019 AUD$184.00
22 Apr 2019 - 24 Apr 2019 AUD$184.00
26 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019 AUD$184.00
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Departing from Rotorua this morning, enjoy a drive through spectacular North Island scenery. Arrive at the Hobbiton movie set, located in Matamata. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the undeniable beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Experience Middle-earth with a guided tour around the set. Visit some of the most famous locations; the hobbit holes, the mill, the party tree and the pond. Listen to fascinating stories of how Hobbiton came to be. Conclude the tour at the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage, before your return to Rotorua.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #5 16 Mar 2019 - 31 May 2019 AUD$146.00
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Lakeshore, Forest & Bird Walking Tour

Embark on a delightful half day Lakeshore, Forest & Bird guided walk with an experienced guide, who will introduce you to the diversity of New Zealand's flora & fauna. This hike is a unique nature interpretive experience taken at a leisurely pace through native beech forest. Have fun spotting native birds on the edge of the forest as they flit in and out of view. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea/coffee on the lake shore to the sounds of native bird calls and surrounded by majestic mountains. The path winds around the lake shore with an option of a steeper climb to a lookout for breathtaking mountain and lake views.

Pick-up from hotel. Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours

Day #9 27 Dec 2018 - 31 May 2019 AUD$131.00
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Wine on Waiheke Tour

Afternoon departure from the downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal on a pleasant cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and gorgeous beaches. Upon arrival at Matiatia Wharf, board a coach and embark on a winery tour. Enjoy premium tastings at three of Waiheke’s finest vineyards while you marvel at the beautiful scenery and panoramic views across the gulf that extend across to Auckland city. Return back to Matiatia wharf.

*Children are not permitted on this tour.

Pick up and drop off is provided. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #2 26 Dec 2018 - 18 Apr 2019 AUD$184.00
20 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019 AUD$184.00
22 Apr 2019 - 24 Apr 2019 AUD$184.00
26 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019 AUD$184.00
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Departing from Rotorua this morning, enjoy a drive through spectacular North Island scenery. Arrive at the Hobbiton movie set, located in Matamata. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the undeniable beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Experience Middle-earth with a guided tour around the set. Visit some of the most famous locations; the hobbit holes, the mill, the party tree and the pond. Listen to fascinating stories of how Hobbiton came to be. Conclude the tour at the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage, before your return to Rotorua.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #5 16 Mar 2019 - 31 May 2019 AUD$146.00
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Lakeshore, Forest & Bird Walking Tour

Embark on a delightful half day Lakeshore, Forest & Bird guided walk with an experienced guide, who will introduce you to the diversity of New Zealand's flora & fauna. This hike is a unique nature interpretive experience taken at a leisurely pace through native beech forest. Have fun spotting native birds on the edge of the forest as they flit in and out of view. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea/coffee on the lake shore to the sounds of native bird calls and surrounded by majestic mountains. The path winds around the lake shore with an option of a steeper climb to a lookout for breathtaking mountain and lake views.

Pick-up from hotel. Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours

Day #9 27 Dec 2018 - 31 May 2019 AUD$131.00
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Spiritual Southern India, February 2019
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It was a great trip. Southern India was fantastic, with such a small, intimate group, great accommodations, and fabulous guide, all went brilliantly.

Cedric R. Fredericksburg, VA
The Wonders of New Zealand, February 2019
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Beautiful country and we had amazing weather. Food was incredible and our bus driver John was the best one we have ever had. Did lots of commentary and was fun.

Roy B. Saskatchewan, Canada
Treasures of Sri Lanka, February 2019
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Terrific, as usual! We’re now in double digits with traveling with Gate 1! Shyam, our guide, was superb. He conveyed his love of country, gave a good explanation of each day’s activities, and made sure everyone in the group was satisfied. He’s a gem. Also, his helper, Rohan, was great, and the driver did a terrific job. We were very pleased with the hotel selections and the itinerary. We have 2 more tours scheduled with Gate 1 this year. Keep up the good work!

Ronald R. Chicago, IL
Gems of Southeast Asia, February 2019
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We are still talking about our wonderful Gate 1 trip, the things we learned, the people we met, and the fun we had. The more I think about this trip, the more I understand how difficult it is to plan an itinerary that pleases all on the trip. I must say that there was something for everyone ... we have no complaints. Our guides were all wonderful, especially Usa, our tour manager. She was efficient, pleasant, knowledgeable, and friendly for TWO WEEKS, and that is hard to do! I will have more thoughts once we get back to Houston, but at this point, I think we made a great decision to go with Gate 1.

Dinah M. Houston, TX
Spiritual Southern India, February 2019
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One of the best trips of my entire life! Thank you for everything Gate 1, a truly lovely experience.

Dan H. Chicago, IL
Treasures of Sri Lanka, February 2019
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Our trip was wonderful! We loved Sri Lanka. Our guide Shyam was the best. He handled everything, and made the trip very informative and fun. Gate 1 is a great company. We’ll be back!

Gail E. Sacramento, CA
Treasures of Sri Lanka, January 2019
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As usual, Gate 1 did not disappoint. Sri Lanka was fabulous... with an abundance of friendly people, fabulous landscape and micro climates. It was rich in history and spirituality (Budha and Hindu temples everywhere) make this island very interesting to discover. I would be interested in expanding my exploration into the Northern part of Sri Lanka sometime in the future. I need to find out where in the world I will travel to in 2020...

Tamara R. Citrus Heights, CA
Mexico's Mayan & Aztec Illumination, January 2019
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Our Mexico trip was our 14th Gate 1 trip and it was perfect as usual. Baccho, our tour manager, was excellent, attentive to our needs, and filled almost every minute with great activities and additional optional walking tours.

Kenneth M. Bay Village, OH
The Wonders of New Zealand, January 2019
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It was lovely, Kevin our tour director was awesome!!! Fellow travelers were tons of fun & had similar interests, and the scenery was to die for!! Especially Milford Sound.

Sharon B. Mokena, IL
South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise, January 2019
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The trip was wonderful and far exceeded all expectations! Silvia, our tour coordinator, was outstanding. She was attentive to the smallest detail and very knowledgeable of the area. We never saw her without a smile. Accommodations were wonderful and the meals consistently excellent. While all of our guides were exceptional, our guide at Terre del Paine, Chris, was outstanding. He conveyed his love of Patagonia with his hikes and gave us an even deeper appreciation of the area. The staff and crew of the Stella created a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Gate 1. We look forward to taking another Discovery tour.

Tom S. Fernandina Beach, FL
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, January 2019
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It was fantastic! From the iguanas in Galápagos to the monkeys in the jungle, from the volcanoes to the coast, it was all so awesome! Our guide, Antonio, was the best and went beyond his duty to make everything perfect! He made the trip even better. What a wonderful adventure this was!

Sandy G. Palatka, FL
The Wonders of New Zealand, January 2019
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It was a great trip. We had a wonderful experience, the tour guide was fantastic. Everything was excellent, small group tours are the best!

Eduardo F. Cancun, MX
The Wonders of New Zealand, January 2019
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The trip was excellent in every way. The itinerary was wonderful. Very nice hotels, good meals and Richard was a fantastic guide.

Isobel F. Toronto, Canada
Gems of Southeast Asia, January 2019
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I was very happy with this trip. We had a good group and our tour manager and local guides were all excellent. Food, hotels and activities exceeded my modest expectations.

Bob A. Columbus, OH
Treasures of Sri Lanka, January 2019
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We had a great time in Sri Lanka! We enjoyed all the activities and learned a lot about the history and culture of the country. We look forward to our next Gate 1 trip in March.

Elizabeth H. Kingwood, TX
Gems of Southeast Asia, January 2019
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Our trip was wonderful. The guides were terrific, the sites and experiences were outstanding and the pace of activities was perfect. The tour was extremely well organized and the details and directions throughout were very clear. We especially enjoyed engaging in hands on experiences with residents in some of the countries. In addition to being very informative about the places we were visiting and the life and history in each of the countries we visited, our guides were instrumental in making suggestions and helping us navigate our way around cities on our own leisure time.

Elaine C. Stamford, CT
Gems of Southeast Asia, January 2019
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This was our first Gate 1 Tour. We normally travel independently. We had a fabulous time doing the “Gems of South East Asia." We loved the small group (there were only 14 of us) and everyone got along really well. Panya did an outstanding job as our main tour guide. He went out of his way to accommodate everyone’s wishes and was very friendly, knowledgeable, thoughtful and compassionate. We had two vegans + a vegetarian + a non-fish eater in our group and he made sure everyone’s needs were taken care of at each restaurant. All the local tour guides were awesome too. We hope to use Gate 1 again in the future.

Lynda G. San Jose, CA
South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise, January 2019
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Our trip to Patagonia with Discovery was awesome! Each and every day was wonderful, and exciting, while experiencing the most mind-blowing natural beauty of the world. Our tour guide Gabriel is the best guide I have ever had on Gate 1 or any other group tour. Gabriel was in control, professional, courteous, helpful, entertaining, informative, kind, all with the upmost concern for group safety at all times. The Patagonia Discovery trip is unique and very special!

Mary A. Edgewater, NJ
Moroccan Allure, December 2018
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It was outstanding! Amine was an amazing guide--knowledgeable, extremely organized as well as fun and, of course, Morocco is a fascinating destination.

Carol A. Winter Park, FL
Explore Dubai & Oman, December 2018
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The trip was outstanding and exceeded my expectations! Our exceptional guide, Hend, deserves acknowledgement for performing extraordinary knowledge, professionalism, warmth and ensuring everyone had the best possible travel experiences!

June T. Yonkers, NY
Treasures of Sri Lanka, November 2018
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It was a fantastic trip. Heshan our guide was knowledgeable and nice. Fantastic food and wonderful country.

Douwe D. Flagstaff Hill, Australia
Treasures of Sri Lanka, November 2018
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We had a very nice holiday in Sri Lanka. This was our first trip with Gate 1 and we are 100% satisfied with the superior standard of hotels you chose for us. The itinerary was varied and interesting, changing between nature and culture. Our guide, Heshan, was excellent, very helpful and very knowledgeable about the history, flora and fauna. The coach was always clean and fresh flowers were put on our seats daily. The couch driver and the assistant were excellent, and worked well as a team to get us safely through the chaotic traffic in Sri Lanka cities. Overall, very memorable and positive experience. We will definitely use your company in the future and recommend you to our friends.

Jessica L. Queensland, Australia
India, Nepal & Bhutan, Tradition & Majesty, November 2018
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We had a great trip. Everything went perfect. The guides were excellent. Some of the best we’ve experienced. Don’t let them get away. Transportation, hotels and food were all great!

Richard M. Bettendorf, IA
Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, November 2018
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I wasn't sure what to expect and honestly was a little nervous to go to that part of the world. But I was pleasantly mistaken! This trip to Jordan was wonderful and such an eye-opening experience. The country is beautiful, safe and full of history. Our tour guide was exceptional! He knew so much and was a lot of fun! I'm grateful that Gate 1 created this tour and did it completely in Jordan (instead of a combo with another country). It really gives the traveler time to fully enjoy and appreciate Jordan. Yet another great trip with Gate 1! :)

Shannon F. Elmhurst, NY
Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, November 2018
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It was fabulous. I’ve been hoping to get to Jordan for years. It did not disappoint. Awe inspiring sites, good weather, fantastic guide, great food and the warm and welcoming Jordanian people. Could not have been better.

Patricia D. Falmouth, ME
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, November 2018
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The trip was magnificent. Easily the most physically demanding trip I have ever taken (jungle treks) ... I am 72 years old and in good health but the porters made the gorilla trek possible! The Ugandan people seem naturally friendly and outgoing. I love them. Morris 1 and Morris 2 are exceptional guides and just great guys. I recommend this trip to anyone and everyone. All of my Gate 1 trips have been super. My wife and I have always been taken care of extremely well. We go with another couple ... A great time for us to get together and have a great time. Thanks Gate 1 for another fantastic adventure.

James A. Shreveport, LA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, November 2018
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Fabulous. We couldn’t ask for anything better!! The tour guide Simon was the best and made us all feel welcome and special. Our bus driver Mottie was great and we felt very safe when he drove. He was very skilled. Simon’s knowledge was over the top. He explained so much to help us understand everything we saw and shared many personal stories with us. We were sorry to end our tour. This was truly a once in a lifetime adventure. Would recommend Gate 1 and Simon in a heartbeat.

Sheila S. Brooklyn, NY
Spiritual Southern India, October 2018
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It was a great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable about everything which was appreciated. The accommodations and food were fantastic. The sights were wonderful. A fantastic trip in every possible way!

David O. Florence, MA
Amazing China with Tibet, October 2018
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My trip to China and Tibet was great. Our tour manager Ivy was exceptionally good and made this trip even more special. Her attention to details was amazing. This was the smallest group I have ever traveled with and I loved it as it allowed us to experience many things that wouldn't have been possible for a large group. Loved all the local guides as well. Loved the country, food and all the accommodations .. Would love to go back and experience more of this amazing country.

Agamani S. Lawrence, KS
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, October 2018
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It was wonderful! What a surprise Uganda was. The gorilla tracking was harder than I expected (and I am pretty athletic) but I survived.

Ella S. Treasure Island, FL
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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The Morocco Allure Discovery was probably the coolest tour I have ever been on. It seemed there was always some fabulous activity next to go too. The food was very good and the hotels were exotic and comfortable. Amine our tour manager, well, you're very lucky to have him. Loved Morocco!!!!

Susan C. Chula Vista, CA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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Our trip was fabulous. Morocco is a fascinating country. We saw wonderful sights and learned much about the culture, history, geography, and it’s people. Our guide, Amine, was top-notch. He was extremely organized, flexible, informative, and had a great sense of humor. Many aspects and activities were surprising like the cooking class, hidden Riad hotels, and the desert experience surpassed our expectations!

Bonnie M. Philadelphia, PA
The Wonders of New Zealand, October 2018
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It was spectacular. Unbelievable scenery. Food was excellent ... Both bus drivers were pleasant, safe and professional. Always felt at ease. Guide was very knowledgeable .. Will definitely recommend Gate 1 and especially the Discovery Tours.

Georgeann H. Gilbert, AZ
Namibia, Naturally, October 2018
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I loved Namibia! Belinda shared her love for her country. The country is beautiful, new looks around every corner. Keegan our driver handled all the bumps with ease and there were lots of bumps on the roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a beautiful unspoiled country.

Susan W. Outlook, WA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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It was a wonderful trip. Our guide was the best, he knew people everywhere. You can tell he really enjoys his work.....I would travel with him again in a heartbeat. The hotels were great and of course the Sahara was the highlight of the trip. This trip will be hard to beat...

Julie M. San Diego, CA
Amazing China with Tibet, October 2018
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It was a fantastic trip. I cannot say enough about our experiences in China and Tibet. The cruise down the Yangtze river was also terrific. Our tour guide, Frank, and the local guides were knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. Looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 again.

Jim T. Newland, NC
Namibia, Naturally, October 2018
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Coming to Namibia has been a dream come true, and experiencing the beauty of its landscapes, wildlife, people and culture is all more than I could ever expect. Much thanks to our wonderful guide, David and our driver, Mojari - she was so fantastic, given the challenging roads throughout our trip. We were all so well taken care of every minute along the way. I am grateful for the warm hospitality everywhere we went, the many opportunities to learn about Namibia's history, the tribesmen's way of life, marvel at the stunning sand dunes, watching the gorgeous African sunsets every day...can't wait to share this amazing country with everyone back home!

Jingying C. Singapore, SG
Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, October 2018
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Our trip was amazing. Our guide Giovanna was so professional, knowledgeable, polite and willing to help in any way she could. We fell in love with Ecuador. It was perfectly planned. The best trip we ever had.

Dina K. Brooklyn, NY
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2018
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Wow...wow...wow! I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Greece! What a perfect trip! I loved every minute! First, our guide Effie was amazing and made everyone feel at home! She was so informative about everything and the history was mind boggling! She made my trip even better by making sure my food was perfect and I felt even more special! The bus driver, George, was friendly and efficient ...The hotels were so first class and spectacular! The scheduled events included several new adventures everyday! ... The people of Greece were so warm and friendly and you should be so proud how Effie represents your company so wonderfully! We learned how to Greek dance and loved the food! Thank you for one of the best trips...they get better and better!

Linda M. Los Angeles, CA
Treasures of Provence, October 2018
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We had a great trip. France was beautiful, great food, people, weather and we visited some really interesting and unique places. Laura, our tour guide, was fantastic! The best I think we've ever had, and we've had a lot of great tour guides.

Druci R. SN LUIS OBISP, CA
Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, October 2018
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Simply wonderful. Nepal is bustling with activity, with smells, with life! Most enjoyable were the walkabouts through Bhaktapur, and Tharu village in Chitwan National Park which allowed us to chat with the locals and have a closeup look at the way they live. The dinner, home visits and the conversations about life in Nepal were priceless. Bhutan is more than amazing! It’s pristine environment and culturally rich history is fascinating. I loved the dress-up in traditional Bhutanese dres. The hike to Tiger’s Nest, is wonderfully rewarding ... At first sight, Tiger’s Nest was blanketed with clouds, but as the clouds lifted it was breathtaking and hastened our steps. Thanks to our guides Rajesh (Nepal), and Dawa (Bhutan) and our drivers who did a stellar job in ensuring everything went smoothly!

Joy T. Sandys, BM
Discover Myanmar, September 2018
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I have taken several Gate 1 trips and am one of your cheerleaders- and the Myanmar trip was one of my favorites. To begin with, Mojo was a fabulous tour leader. We all loved him. He was fun- has a great sense of humor- and patient. He was interested in getting to know each of us, was interested in our purchases and impressions. He always made sure that our meals were served perfectly ..... It was clear that people he worked with also enjoyed him- even the cattle remembered and responded to him! There were several of us who are older and have minor challenges with ambulation. Mojo bent over backwards to make experiences comfortable, to help us off and on buses and boats, and to discuss with us in great detail what was coming up, how long it would take to walk to a certain point, how best to dress, etc. When people decided not to do certain activities, he would chase after them to see if he could accommodate them in some way. He could not have been more dedicated to our comfort, safety, participation and enjoyment. I really loved all the craft work on this tour. We were given great demonstrations on how things were made, as people actually made the products in front of us. They were all gracious with our fascinated observation and generously allowed us to take pictures. Often it was Mojo himself giving the explanation- I think he can do all those crafts! I really enjoyed bringing home some lacquerware afterward. I loved every stop, but Bagan was so beautiful - the sunset was spectacular. .....I was so moved by the organization that was teaching young people to be chefs, and the cooking (and eating!) was fun and interesting- including bringing the apron and recipes home! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!

Constance S. Santa Rosa, CA