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Costa Rica
March / April 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

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.

This tour has been withdrawn from the 2020 tour programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uzbekistan: Gem of the Silk Road
May 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Immerse yourself in the Silk Road, the world’s most famous and lively trading highway.  Uzbekistan is the gem of this historic route, with its bustling bazaars, towering mosques and ancient cities.  Experience the rich and diverse culture of Central Asia with fascinating architecture, history, religion and, most of all, its friendly people.  Beginning and ending in Tashkent, explore the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and the greenest city in Uzbekistan, Fergana.  Visit the dying Aral Sea, one of the world’s environmental disaster areas.  See where communism made its mark on the Asian steppes, with Soviet buildings butting up against glorious Islamic architecture.  This tour is full of memorable experiences – eating dinner in a private home, seeing artisans at work and enjoying traditional performances.

TOUR MANAGER
Your tour manager is Andrew Matheson, an experienced tour manager who enjoys making travel a memorable experience for all the group.  He is a keen and adventurous traveller and has visited around 90 countries to date.  Andrew has lived and travelled extensively in Asia, and has taken many of our successful tours to this region.

Andrew will apply his organisational skills to make sure the trip runs to plan and is tailored to the particular interests of participants whenever possible.  He is looking forward to helping you explore some special ‘off the beaten track places’ in this amazing country.

TOUR DATES  Tuesday 19 May – Wednesday 1o June 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand-based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 18 nights accommodation in Uzbekistan
  • 1 night in Dubai northbound
  • 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 and EU passport holders do not need a visa for Uzbekistan or the UAE)
  • 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$11,650
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$1,985

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

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

Egypt & Jordan
May 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

This tour offers you Egypt in all its glory from the golden treasures of Tutankhamun and the Pharaohs to the colossal temples in Luxor and Aswan. Gaze at almost 5,000 years of human history at the Great Pyramids of Giza. The Nile has always exerted a powerful role on the country and cruising the river is the perfect place from which to see many of the most spectacular ancient sites.  Board a first-class river ship for five nights and visit the Luxor temple complex, Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Abu Simbel. The tour also takes you to Jordan to the incomparable Petra, an ancient city hewn from red sandstone.  Meet the Bedouin people of Wadi Rum, the home of Lawrence of Arabia and enjoy a cooking class and dinner with a local family.  Many of you have told us that you are keen to visit Egypt and Jordan so we are pleased to be able to offer this tour in 2020.

TOUR MANAGER Sue Hayman

TOUR DATES Monday 18 May – Sunday 7 June 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 14 nights accommodation in 4 star plus hotels
  • 4 nights on a 5 star rivership
  • 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

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person                                     NZD$14,599
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  2,400

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