Calder & Lawson Tours is a New Zealand owned and operated company with over 26 years’ experience of operating tours and arranging international travel. Our unique itineraries take you off the beaten path to reveal new insights about a destination. On our tours, people have fun and many return home having made new friends.
When you travel with Calder & Lawson Tours, you will be well looked after from the moment you contact us throughout the entire journey. This allows peace of mind and takes the hassle out of travelling. We have a number of solo travellers and they appreciate the fact that they feel safe and secure but also included in all activities.
Our Tour Managers are selected for their knowledge, travelling experience and ‘people skills’. We also have local guides all over the world who we have worked with for many years and who we know will include experiences which people would struggle to find on their own.
Our tours are good value. The price includes almost everything; airfares, accommodation, tips, group transfers, breakfasts and many lunches and dinners. You will not be surprised by hidden costs while you are on tour.
We offer over 20 tours each year and hope you will find a tour to tempt you to travel. Call one of our experienced and well-travelled consultants on 0800 853 276 to answer your questions about our tours.
Some of our 2019 tours just need a few more registrations to become confirmed departures; if you are thinking about any of these tours, contact us now to secure your place:
Cruise and Bike in France
China’s Borderlands – Yunnan and Tibet
Biking in Sweden and the Baltics
Walking in Japan – The Nakasendo Way
Limited space available on these confirmed departure tours in 2019:
Bike & Barge Five Countries -two share twin or double cabins available
Cruise and Bike the Danube – two share twin or double cabins available
People wanting to share
We have female travellers on the following tours in 2019 looking for someone to share with:
The Marquesas by Passenger Freighter in August
Alpine Walks in Three Countries in August
Following the Orient Express in September
Iran in October
We also have a male traveller looking to share on the China’s Borderlands – Yunnan & Tibet tour in June.
I returned knowing I’d got my adventurous life back after being relatively immobile for several years. The bike tour with Leen and Di enabled me to regain strength and confidence. The tour managers were very kind and patient which I greatly appreciated. I returned home a stronger and more energetic person. Thank you to the team at Calder & Lawson Tours.
Valda Kirkwood Bike & Barge Five Countries 2018
It was very interesting to travel in two such diverse countries, so close geographically and so different culturally, linguistically and historically. Stand-out moments were staying in Sintra and at the Quinta de la Rosa in Portugal and the Berber tents at Merzouga, the camel ride up the dunes for the sunrise and the gardens and meals at the beautiful La Roseraie in Ouirgane.
Ellen SoulliereWalking in Portugal and Morocco April 2018
The relaxing Pandaw cruise at the end of some big bustling cities. Up to the usual standard with food, drinks, staff and on shore excursions. Love it!
Carolyn ReaneyVietnam and Cambodia by Land and River March 2018
I thought the tour was great. Well organized, very well escorted. It was nice to relax and not have to worry about anything. Tips and gratuities being taken care of was very helpful. Having guides well versed in knowledge of their countries and history. The size of the group and the people in the group were great. I loved the group dinners and food.
Elizabeth Harrison Vietbnam and Cambodia by Land and Sea March 2018
I enjoyed the variety of experiences offered, and how these built upon one another to create an understanding of Japanese culture, past and present. I hadn’t done a walking tour previously and, even with some pre-trip training, was a little concerned about my level of walking daily fitness, but I was comfortable with the walks.
Patricia OsborneWalking in Japan November 2018
What was best? There are many things I could highlight. Great travel companions, excellent guides, good food, lovely welcoming Iranian people everywhere, excellent shopping, beautiful gardens … but what will stay with me the longest is how much I learned of the fascinating history and of past and present culture, including poetry, religion and politics.
Deirdre Dale Iran October 2017
We loved the tour. We knew we could rely on the organisers and didn’t have to worry about a thing. The depth of planning was evident. Eastern Europe was fascinating and the tour gave us a very sounds overview of this part of the world. It was lovely to be in the countryside but also great to experience the towns and villages. A good balance! We gained a degree of insight into a whole lot of places which were previously just names on a map. Now a year later, our memories are still vivid.
Alison RobinsonWalking Eastern Europe 2015
A very good look at different regions and town, I felt the history. There was a balance between walking days and sightseeing days and between city walks, historic attractions and free time. Every walk was interesting; some challenging but each had a purpose or target destination. We enjoyed the location of the hotels. Always in close proximity to the main attractions and always clean with helpful staff. Once again, Val and I enjoyed the trouble free experience of travelling with Calder & Lawson Tours.
Colin & Val MoorsWalking Italy 2014
This was a journey (Alaska) that took in such amazing experiences. To feel the awe and beauty, the splendour and majesty of towering snow-capped mountains; the serenity of clam waters and tranquil fiords; the rugged power of glaciers calving. To learn the lifestyle of the early Athabascan Indians; to view wildlife at close quarters and, at a mature age, to kayak in pristine waters. My memory book overflows.
Isabel WeeninkAlaska By Small Ship & Train 2015
The walking, the opportunity to stay in traditional accommodation, the excellent tour leader and guide and of course the food. The Japan trip just really reinforced for us why Calder & Lawson are so good to travel with. Thank you Calder & Lawson team!
Keith & Noelene CullumWalking in Japan, April 2017
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