Cruise the Hawaiian Islands
July / August 2020

This fully inclusive Hawaiian cruise will take you to the islands of Molokai’i, Maui, Lana’i and Hawaii, the Big Island.  This is luxury low key cruising in a relaxed atmosphere aboard a motorised yacht. Small guest numbers keep your experience exclusive and personal. Stroll along a beach or take a trek at modest elevation to a waterfall. Snorkel among coral gardens teeming with underwater life and a sea turtle habitat. Go for a shore-hugging trip in a kayak, paddleboard or motorised skiff, or relax on the upper deck with a fine wine and spot the marine life. Talk with locals and learn about their land and traditions as few visitors ever do.  Experiences on or off the boat are designed to create an unbeatable balance between exploration and relaxation. At the end of the cruise you may choose to spend a few more days in Honolulu.

TOUR MANAGER Warwick Silvester

TOURS Friday 31 July – Sunday 9 August 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation in Moloka’i
  • 7 nights accommodation onboard Safari Explorer
  • All meals on board the Safari Explorer, other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and drivers
  • All tourist, cruise and port taxes
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage
  • American eSTA visa (electronic travel authorisation)

TOUR PRICE Share twin per person, Ex Auckland
Master Cabin (13 sq m, queen or twin beds)                  NZD$11,999
Commander Cabin (15 sq m, king or twin beds)           NZD$12,599
Single supplement (limited availability)                         NZD$  4,500

All cabins have king, queen or twin beds, view window, windowed door, private bathroom with shower.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

Walking the West Highland Way and Hebridean Islands
July / August 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

It is said that if you are going to do a walk in Scotland, it should be the West Highland Way.  Described as Scotland’s finest long-distance walk, ‘The Way’ features ancient and historic routes, old drovers’ roads, where Highlanders herded their cattle to lowland markets, and famous military roads built in the 18th century to control the Jacobite clansmen.  To this we have added a stunning train trip from Glasgow to Mallaig and a ferry ride to Skye followed by a further six days walking on Skye and the Outer Hebrides. Here you will walk in a world far removed from the hustle and bustle of life to scenes of unspoilt natural beauty, coastal seascapes, rare wildlife, ancient forests and historical monuments. Staying in country inns, B&B’s and comfortable hotels, you will find yourself immersed in the heartfelt warmth and spirit that is Scotland.

TOUR MANAGER
John Matheson will be your tour manager on this tour.  John has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years, the majority of these as a director of Calder & Lawson.  He has led many overseas tours and has travelled extensively in Europe.

TOUR DATES Thursday 30 July – Friday 21 August

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of a Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 2 nights accommodation in Dubai
  • 18 nights accommodation in Scotland
  • Breakfast daily, other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation on walks
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for national and local guides
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage

Please contact us if you would like to go on this tour – currently places are committed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlands & Islands of Scotland
August / September 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Sail the remote and beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides and through the heart of Scotland via the Caledonian Canal that bisects the country navigating four Lochs: including the mythical Ness. Stay for seven nights on board M.V. Lord of the Highlands, a vessel with the appeal of a luxury yacht. Sail to the mystical Isle of Skye, the picture postcard Tobermory on Mull, the early Christian island of Iona, and tiny Eigg. Your itinerary also includes the Orkney Islands rich in archaeological discoveries.  Scottish history will come to life in places such as Blair and Cawdor Castles, the Clan Donald Centre, the battlefield of Culloden and the endearing Castle of Mey.  You will have time to explore both Inverness and Edinburgh. An ideal tour for those wanting to experience legendary Scottish hospitality and scenery. Ask us about a 3-night pre-tour package which includes attending the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

TOUR MANAGER Peter Oettli

TOUR DATES Friday 28 August – Friday 18 September 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation northbound
  • 10 nights land based accommodation in Scotland
  • 7 nights accommodation on board the Lord of the Highlands
  • 1 nights accommodation south-bound
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • All group transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Port taxes on the cruise
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person                                     NZD$15,399
Single supplement                                           Price on application, as limited availability

Share twin and double cabins are on the Main Deck, and single occupancy cabins are on the Lower Deck. Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike & Barge Northern Italy & Provence
September 2020

Bike and Barge – the perfect travelling combo! By bike, soak in the sights and sounds of the countryside and then come ‘home’ each night to a comfortable cabin in your floating ‘hotel’. The fun begins when you board your barge in the city of Mantua. En route you will discover Ferrara, a jewel of the Italian Renaissance; cruise through the Po Delta Reserve experiencing the tranquility of Northern Italy and end in the warm embrace of the Venetian Lagoon. Cycling into Venice is a special experience and you’ll have time to explore the islands and waterways of this enchanting city.

The second part of your tour takes you to Provence and the inspirational landscapes that attracted many painters. Here you board another barge moored in Avignon. Visit the highlights of Van Gogh’s Provence, then wind your way through the scenic back roads and the calm waters of the Camargue. Expect easy rides with frequent stops to refuel with gelato and espresso. This is the fourth time we have taken this tour and each time, we have received very positive feedback from participants.

TOUR MANAGER Jenny Newby Fraser

TOUR DATES   Tuesday 1 – Tuesday 22 September 2020 (21 nights)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation northbound
  • 2 nights Milan including airport transfers, dinner, breakfast and ½ day city sights in Milan
  • 14 nights accommodation on board the barges including meals (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • 1 nights accommodation in Nice
  • 1 nights accommodation southbound
  • Comfortable uni-sex city bikes with an upright riding position and gel saddle for your added comfort
  • Electric bikes available (additional cost )
  • Local guides
  • All transfers by train or coach
  • Admissions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities for guides
  • Pre-tour material

PRICE Ex Auckland

Per person share twin   $13,199

Single Supplement is available on request – please contact us.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

America’s South
October 2020

Take a journey into America’s turbulent past following in the footsteps of Dr Martin Luther King. Travel the Civil Rights Trail from Atlanta, Georgia through Alabama and onto the site of his assassination, more than half a century ago in Memphis, Tennessee.  Lovers of music will enjoy visits to the birthplace of rock and roll, Sun Studios, Graceland and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. While in the South you will see fall colours from a paddle-steamer in Chattanooga. The trip culminates in an exploration of the swamps of the Bayou, a Louisiana Antebellum plantation and the French Quarter of New Orleans where you will learn of the impact of Hurricane Katrina. What sets this tour apart is that much of the history has taken place within your own lifetime and you will see and feel what you have previously only read about. This will be an unforgettable journey into the heart of the South.

TOUR MANAGER – Kevin Palmer
Kevin has worked for the Calder & Lawson group for the past nine years as our accountant and more recently as a tour leader and developer. At last count he has been to more than 80 countries. Kevin spent ten years living in the United States and has a love and affinity for American culture, history and in particular American rock and roll music. He is very excited to return to such a varied and storied part of the United States and can’t wait to share that enthusiasm with you.

TOUR DATES Thursday 8 – Sunday 25 October 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of a New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 15 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and drivers
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage
  • American eSTA visa (electronic travel authorisation)

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person                                     NZD$13,799
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  3,250

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

Biking in New York, Cape Cod & Vermont
October 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Begin your tour with three nights in New York City experiencing the vibrancy of ‘The Big Apple’. Visit  Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and other iconic sights both on foot and by bike. You will also have time to catch a Broadway show if you wish. Moving on to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, you will cycle easy paths past scenic lighthouses, gingerbread cottages and dramatic sea vistas.  Discover what makes Martha’s Vineyard such a favourite with artists, writers and American Presidents. Following this spectacular coastal riding, you will travel to Vermont to ride through the glorious fall colours. Every day will feature leisurely lakeside cycling and magical views of Lake Champlain. Rides will be on the Burlington bike path and quiet back roads, through charming New England towns all the while staying in cosy inns and boutique hotels.   E-bikes are available.

TOUR MANAGER Pat Mandeno

TOUR DATES Thursday 1 – Friday 16 October 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 13 nights accommodation in historic inns, resorts and 4 star hotels
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Bike and helmet
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and drivers
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Other meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage
  • American eSTA visa (electronic travel authorisation)
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland          
Share twin per person               NZD $14,399
Single supplement                     NZD $  2,900

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place; they are very limited.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

Journey across South America
October 2020

This exceptional itinerary will take you from Buenos Aires, Argentina through Bolivia to Lima, Peru on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Travel from east to west across the Andes by train, plane and coach, visiting famous cities and landmarks as well as lesser-known but equally memorable places. You will visit some places that are frequently omitted from most other mainstream tour itineraries. Explore vibrant Buenos Aires, the colonial grandeur of Cusco and the bustle of the world’s highest capital, La Paz.  Be awed by one of the world’s most spectacular sights, Iguazu Falls.  Visit the world’s highest and largest salt flat at Uyuni, and cruise the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca.  Step back to Incan times at the imposing citadel of Machu Picchu.  Along the way experience a huge variety of history, culture, food and music as you travel through these fascinating countries.

TOUR DATES: Sunday 11 October – Sunday 1 November 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand-based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 19 nights accommodation in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru
  • Breakfast daily
  • Other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All group transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Any visa fees (New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa for any of the countries visited on this tour)
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport porterage

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland

Share twin per person                                     NZD$14,499
Single supplement (limited availability)      NZD$ 2,150

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

Viva la Cuba
November 2020

Colourful, vibrant, and exuberant – Cuba is a pure delight to the senses.  Pastel-coloured Spanish colonial buildings line the narrow-cobbled streets in Havana’s old town.  The town squares are alive with the rhythmic beats of salsa and jazz music, popularised by the famous Buena Vista Social Club.  Its culture is an eclectic mix of African and Spanish heritage.  Its political ideology and compelling revolutionary history lends an aura of mystery.  60,000 classic cars from the1950s coolly cruise the streets signifying a nation that has been trapped in a time warp.  With the embargo lifted, now is the time to visit before the Old Cuba is gone.  Walk back in time to a living museum in Trinidad.  Head into rural Cuba and stay in Casa Particulares, licensed private homes offering B&B accommodation. Interact with your welcoming hosts and find out what makes this place such an undeniably alluring country.

TOUR DATES: Tuesday 17 November – Saturday 5 December

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 16 nights accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Cuban Tourist Card (visa)
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland

Share twin per person                                     NZD$11,995
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  1,800

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

Antarctica
December 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Journey by ship to a continent considered by many to be the ultimate travel destination where the wildlife is prolific and the scenery is staggeringly beautiful.  Your adventure begins in Argentina where you will have two nights to explore the exciting city of Buenos Aires and enjoy a tango show.  Fly to Ushuaia where you will board your ship and begin your journey to Antarctica. Sail through the Beagle Channel to the Antarctic Peninsula where you spend six enthralling days.  Here you will come across the countless penguin colonies that thrive in these ice strewn waters. Go ashore on deserted Antarctic islands and cruise in zodiacs to get close to icebergs and marvel at the dramatic, ever-changing landscapes. On board your ship, experienced lecturers have an in-depth knowledge of the biology, history and geology of this area. Come aboard for an adventure like no other!

TOUR MANAGER Leen van Duin

TOUR DATES Sunday 6 – Sunday 20 December 2020 – 14 nights

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of a Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 2 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires before the cruise
  • 11 nights on board MS Fridtjof Nansen including all meals
  • Transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips and gratuities for crew and local guides
  • Pre-tour material.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified in the Itinerary
  • Hotel porterage
  • Please note that unlike most of our tours, if you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2% will be charged for Visa or Mastercard and 3% for Amex.

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland, share twin per person
Outside cabin on upper deck (XT)                           $18,450
Suite with private balcony (ME)                              $20,750

Sole use cabins are limited and available on request ($20,800 single RR cabin and $24,000 for single XT cabin)

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18