Cruise & Walk in Tasmania
March 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Cruise the sapphire waters of the rugged coast of Tasmania and enjoy coastal walks of outstanding beauty. This tour combines an expedition cruise with walks on some of Tasmania’s best walking tracks. Guided by experienced bush-walkers, you can choose the longer day hikes, the shorter casual walks, or simply stay on board your luxury small ship and enjoy Australian hospitality. Visit the remote beauty of Port Davey, the dolerite columns at Cape Hauy, the blue gum stands at Fortescue Bay, the pink granite peaks of Freycinet and Wineglass Bay, and historic Port Arthur. After the day’s exertions, retire to the Coral Discoverer’s panoramic Explorer bar and delight in the delicious meals. A day in Hobart allows time to visit the outstanding Museum of Old and New Art. This is a walking tour without packing and unpacking for people who want to choose their level of activity each day.

TOUR MANAGER
John Matheson will be your tour manager. He has worked in the travel industry for over 40 years, the majority of these as a director of Calder & Lawson. He has led many overseas walking tours and has travelled extensively in Australia. He is looking forward to walking and exploring some special ‘off the beaten track places’ in this amazing land. If you have any queries about the tour, give John a call.

TOUR DATES Sunday 8 – Monday 16 March 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced, New Zealand-based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation in Hobart
  • 7 nights on board Coral Discoverer
  • All meals on board the ship
  • All group transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Walking and sightseeing 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
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport porterage
  • Please note that if you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2% will be charged for Visa or Mastercard.

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Promenade Deck, share twin per person        NZD$8,930
Main Deck, share twin per person                    NZD$8,290
Sole use cabins are extremely limited, and price is available on request. Please contact us if you are interested a single occupancy place on this tour.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 16

 

 

Costa Rica
March / April 2020

Costa Rica contains breath-taking biodiversity so this tour will appeal to those interested in flora and fauna. You will come across a vast array of birds, plants and wildlife, perhaps spotting rainbow billed toucans, scarlet macaws, frogs and lizards, butterflies and orchids, monkeys and crocodiles. The landscapes are also varied, from rainforests and wetlands, to active volcanoes, mountain ranges and beautiful coastlines. You will experience Costa Rica through a wide range of activities. Ascend Poas Volcano, hike to La Paz and Rio Celeste waterfalls, cruise on the channels at Tortuguero, walk through the tree tops in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and bathe in natural hot springs. You will also visit family-run coffee and sugar plantations and end in world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park where you can sail or snorkel. Staying in locally owned hotels and eco lodges, this is an active holiday full of adventures.

TOUR MANAGER Warwick Silvester

TOUR DATES Saturday 21 March – Tuesday 7 April 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation on outbound journey
  • 14 nights accommodation in Costa Rica
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and 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
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage
  • Any visa or eSTA visa fees

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland

Share twin per person                                     NZD$10,980
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  1,900

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

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

Japan’s Art & Culture
April 2020

Would you like to gain an intimate understanding of Japan’s rich culture, vibrant art scene, and intriguing architecture?  This out of the ordinary tour introduces you to Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, a serene body of water dotted with an archipelago of islands.  The sea’s coastal periphery is decorated with clusters of elegant cities, peaceful shrines, imposing castles, showcase gardens, and stunning movie locations.  You will meet local artists and craftsmen and visit art and architectural sites that have stimulated the region’s revival.  Many of Japan’s best artists, movie makers, sculptors, and architects are active on these islands and you will see how their work adds vitality to their communities.  A day on Naoshima and visits to Miyajima’s ancient shrine and Hiroshima’s Peace Park are tour highlights.  You will finish with a few nights in Tokyo.  Traditional accommodation and regional cuisine add to this in-depth cultural experience.

TOUR MANAGER Leen van Duin

TOUR DATES Thursday 2 – Thursday 16 April 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand-based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily and all but one dinner
  • 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
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport porterage
  • Please note that, if you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland

Share twin per person                                     NZD$14,799
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  1,465

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

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 12

 

 

 

 

Walking in Italy
May 2020

Italy is the perfect place for a gourmet walking holiday.  Walk for several hours each day, absorbing the history and scenery, then reward yourself with the delicious food completely guilt free! Roam through the manicured hills with villas guarded by cypress trees and the walled hilltop towns of Tuscany.  Discover the small, elegant fishing harbours with colourful boats and welcoming gelatos of Liguria and the five seaside villages clinging precariously to the cliffs on the Cinque Terre. Stroll the lakesides and romantic gardens of the Northern Italian Lakes which have for centuries inspired poets and artists with their majestic beauty. Delight in the architectural treasures, art and history in Florence. Stay in small, comfortable, often family-owned hotels in villages and towns with time to absorb the atmosphere. A return of one of our most popular walking tours with some new twists.

TOUR MANAGER
John Matheson will be your tour manager on this tour.  John has worked in the travel industry for over 45 years, the majority of these as a director of Calder & Lawson.  He has led many overseas walking tours and has travelled extensively in Europe. Italy is Johns favourite destination in Europe, so much so that he has escorted this tour three times before. He is looking forward to helping you explore some of the hidden treasures and captivating villages of Italy.

TOUR DATES Friday 22 May – Sunday 14 June 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of a Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 2 nights accommodation in Dubai
  • 19 nights accommodation in Italy
  • 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

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person                                     NZD$13,880
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  1,850  

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

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

Sail & Bike Slovenia & Croatia
May / June 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Imagine being on a yacht, rocking to sleep with the gentle waves on the Adriatic Sea, breakfasting on regional Croatian specialties followed by a refreshing swim, before getting on your bike to discover the southern Dalmatian islands. During your seven-night cruise, you will call in at various island ports, learning about their history, folklore and cultural treasures. Your trip will begin in Slovenia to bike the alpine villages around Lake Bled. Then onto Croatia to the Parenzana, a former narrow-gauge railway line, which penetrates deeply into the Istrian Peninsula. Riding through magnificent rolling landscapes and vineyards, you will see why the route is named the ‘wine railway’. Finally embark on your cruise along the Croatian coast. This tour is ideal for those wanting a biking holiday in a region rich in history. The rides are designated as moderate and e-bikes are available.

TOUR MANAGER
Leen van Duin is the ideal tour manager for this tour. He has led many of our biking tours and has recently explored Croatia in readiness for this tour. After 13 years with Air New Zealand, Leen joined Calder & Lawson House of Travel as an Owner/Director where he spent 25 years growing the corporate travel business. Relaxed, caring, and friendly with a quick sense of humour, Leen aims to make his travel companions comfortable and at ease.  From the moment Leen and his wife Diane meet the group at the airport, it is clear that every aspect of the trip has been taken care of.

TOUR DATES Tuesday 19 May – Tuesday 9 June

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 10 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels and guest houses in Slovenia and Croatia
  • 7 nights aboard a small ship, MS Harmonia
  • 1 nights accommodation in Dubai on outbound and return journey
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Refreshments and snacks while cycling
  • All group transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours with English-speaking local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Comfortable 21-speed hybrid bikes with a pannier
  • Local tourist taxes, port taxes
  • 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
  • Electric bikes are available at an additional cost ($355 per person)
  • Bike helmets are available at extra cost but you are encouraged to bring your own. It’s compulsory to use them while cycling.

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person               NZD$14,799
Single supplement                     Price on application
Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Namibia & Botswana
June 2020

Landscapes of outstanding beauty and some of the continent’s greatest concentration and diversity of wildlife make this tour through Namibia and Botswana an unforgettable journey!  Namibia houses the world’s driest eco-system on earth – the Namib Desert, granted World Heritage status in 2013. At Sossusvlei, you visit the sculptural sand dunes where the shapes shift with the wind and the colours alter with the light. Stay at Etosha, where nearly 150 mammal species can be found and spend time at the water holes which exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds. Flying by small plane into the Okavango gives a bird’s eye-view of this fan shaped inland delta with its mosaic of channels and islands. Get up close and personal with the wildlife at Moremi Crossing and Chobe.  Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is also included.  We have taken this tour many times and it has become a favourite.

TOUR MANAGER
Kevin Palmer will be your tour manager. He 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. His goal is to make your journey run smoothly, working with our local guides to ensure your enjoyment and safety and getting the most out of what is sure to be an unforgettable trip to a special part of the world.

TOUR DATES Wednesday 10 – Monday 29 June 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of a New Zealand based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation in Sydney
  • 1 nights accommodation at Johannesburg airport
  • 16 nights accommodation in Namibia & Botswana
  • 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
  • Travel visa
  • Note that if you wish to pay by credit card a surcharge fee of 2.5% will be charged (Visa and Mastercard)

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person                                     NZD$16,899
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$   1,175

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

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 16

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Walking in Iceland

By Warwick Silvester
The unique attraction of Iceland as a destination is its geography, geology, landscape, and geothermal activity and its social and geological history has the potential to enthral. Its enormous glacial valleys overlain with so much recent volcanic activity lend unique structures to the mystery of the land. Some of the spectacular sights included:

Jokulsaron glacial lagoon where the ice which is calved from the glacier floats in the lake until it downsizes enough to exit the lake into the sea.

jokulsaron-glacial-lagoon

Reynisfjara – where we were delighted to see the long promised basalt columns. There were multiple columns of all sizes and the debate on whether they are five or six sided was finally resolved, marginally in favour of five sided.

reynisfjara_basalt-colums

But it was the amazing waterfalls of Gullfoss and the delicate Seljalandsfoss that had us truly enthralled. Gullfoss cascades down several drops and carries an enormous glacial melt. Seljalandsfoss on the other hand is a long gentle cascade that one can walk behind and savour its power.

gullfoss-waterfall

South America by Train – heading to Salta

By Gerald Bailey
Three nights in Buenos Aires, a 5.30am wake-up call, and we’re now awaiting take-off for our flight to Salta, in the north of Argentina.

It’s really been “all go” since our arrival late on Monday afternoon.   The flight over was actually a lot less demanding than we had expected because the plane was only about one-third full, so everyone managed to spread themselves out a bit.

Peter Lauffer, our tour guide, met us at the airport.   He’s Swiss, but lives in Ecuador.   Speaks 3 or 4 languages and specialises in organising tours in South America.   He was joined in Buenos Aires by local guide Anahi, a bubbly and enthusiastic young woman who succeeded in making our visit memorable.

We experienced Buenos Aires as a city of demonstrations and as a result, traffic gridlock.  On Tuesday, a large crowd had gathered opposite the Cathedral, which was the first stop on our city tour, awaiting the arrival of a crowd of farmers protesting at the minute return they receive for their crops because of the amount taken by “middle men”.   Their protest was to take the form of a distribution of free food, and hundreds of locals had turned up in the hope of receiving a share.

We visited the very impressive Cathedral, where once Pope Francis had presided, before proceeding to the most astonishing cemetery, where the aristocracy of Argentina had all tried to outdo each other in the opulence of their family memorials.   Not content with statuary, imported Italian marble and space enough to accommodate a dozen or more coffins, some even had elevators to other levels.   We saw, and photographed, the most visited site, where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried.

Lunch each day comprised a three course meal with a generous allocation of wine – a bottle between every three people.   It’s usually Malbec – which varies a bit in quality.  But Tuesday’s provision, coming on top of jet lag, forced many of us to have an afternoon nap……

Which was just as well, because the Tango performance we were taken to in the evening lasted until 11.30.   A second large meal meant that the performance didn’t actually begin till 10pm.   It was a non-stop display of the development of the Tango down the decades, brilliantly performed by a group of dancers.   The men were decked out in suits and ties, the women with quite a lot less, though what there was stunning.

Yesterday, we went on a boat trip up the River Plate as far as a huge delta containing hundreds of holiday homes. Another generous lunch was followed by a train and bus ride back to the city.

The weather’s been great – quite a lot warmer than we’d anticipated – and the spring growth further advanced than at home.

Buenos Aires is described as a very European city – in fact it seemed more European than many cities in Europe, if that’s not a contradiction in terms.   Hardly a non-white face to be seen.   No Orientals, Middle Eastern or African Americans, significantly, no Indigenous people.

Our group are  getting on well together.   They’re commendably punctual and patient. We had a “getting to know you” session on Tuesday and as usual, all sorts of connections emerged.   Interestingly, there seem to be a preponderance of nurses and teachers in the party.

Flying over farm land, we’re now approaching some cloud for the first time.   Apparently, some rain is likely tomorrow, which will be a rest day, in preparation for travelling to higher altitudes.

 

Gerald Bailey, Tour Manager