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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 Soulliere – Walking in Portugal & 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 Reaney – Vietnam & 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 – Vietnam & Cambodia by Land and River, 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 Osborne – Walking in Japan, November  2017

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

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 Cullum – Walking in Japan, April 2017

I feel such a sense of achievement at having fulfilled a long held dream. The scenery, the adventure – no words can do this justice. The people – a great group of enthusiastic, like-minded people. Hurtigruten can’t be faulted on anything. There was a great vibe on the ship. The cabins were very practical and well organised. The expedition team were amazing. A wonderful, well lead tour. Such an adventure to a very special place.
Alison McVey – Antarctica February 2017

I am still on a high after our most amazing trip with you and our fellow travellers. it was such a wonderful experience and I enjoyed every moment – including the biking challenge! I learnt that at any age, it is possible to do things beyond your dreams and expectations. thanks for looking after me so well and for your great sense of humour which added so much to each day.
Alison Stockley – Bike & Barge Venice & Provence, May 2017

Calder & Lawson Tours are to be congratulated for organising such a fabulous tour and choosing such a wonderful tour guide as Andrew. The Volga Dream personnel and the cruise in every respect was truly amazing. Every day was excellent and the tour guides in every place could not be improved upon. I had only ever heard good things about Calder & Lawson Tours and this tour experience proved to me what great tour operators they are.
Graeme Haggerty – Russia and the Baltic States 2016

This tour was well paced without any undue rush or pressure.  There was a good variety of activities, options and experiences to choose from depending on your ability and fitness. A good sized group of pleasant, compatible people with like-minded interests and abilities. Thanks for everything.
Liz Calvert – Scandinavia, Follow the Northern Lights 2016

Val and I enjoy the hassle free touring provided by Calder & Lawson especially when travelling in a non-English speaking country. On the Japan tour we were exposed to a wide variation of experiences which gave us new knowledge of Japan. We enjoyed the experience of staying in the ryokans.
Colin and Val Moors – Walking Japan 2016

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 Robinson – Walking Eastern Europe 2015

Amazing adventure which was culturally enriching. An eye-opening and mind blowing experience. Great value too. My roommate was a perfect match.
Carolyn Reaney – African Adventures 2015

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 Weenink – Alaska By Small Ship & Train 2015

Seeing the real Cuba was the best thing.  Being on bikes on the back roads allowed me to soak in the sights & vibes of Cuban life that would be difficult to do if whizzing to tourist stops on a bus.
Another highlight was the camaraderie that developed within the group.
Neil Gibb – On Your Bike Cuba 2014

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 Moors – Walking Italy 2014

As a woman travelling alone, I found the tour a great way to travel. Having everything organised for me was great. I enjoyed the free time in various towns. The group dinners were also a highlight especially the ones in small local restaurants.
Joanne Johansen – Walking Italy 2014

We enjoyed the whole trip and the mix of road and boat. It was great to have everything sorted and to know what we were doing and what to expect before we left home. Also to have the gratuities paid as that can be a real headache. The group we travelled with all got on extremely well and were interested in similar things. We mixed well in a caring way. This is one of the best tours I have been on and we will be looking out for other Calder & Lawson options.

This really was a great trip – lots of variety and I really enjoyed the little extras – the Tattoo, the visit to Nan’s birthplace, John’s Grandfathers cottage in Plockton, our own special guides at the Attadale Gardens and the lunch you arranged en route to Aberdeen.
Shona Blair – Highlands & Islands of Scotland 2014

This really was a great trip – lots of variety and I really enjoyed the little extras – the Tattoo, the visit to Nan’s birthplace, John’s Grandfathers cottage in Plockton, our own special guides at the Attadale Gardens and the lunch you arranged en route to Aberdeen.
Brenda Blake – Highlands & Islands of Scotland 2014

The countryside was amazing – the wildflowers, gardens and villages, the vineyards and forests, mountains and lakes – what a great variety of marvellous terrain. Having two excellent smart young guides who talked both formally and informally about the areas we were visiting – having their support and knowledge was great, and having it all arranged and laid on day after day was wonderful.  I was wondering what a tour would be like – I wouldn’t hesitate to take one again!
Jenny Lee – Walking Eastern Europe 2014

The tour group was excellent and I felt very fortunate to be in such a lovely group. Some of the other highlights for me were the one week stays in the hotels so you could settle in; the variety in the towns’ and regions’ architecture, food, scenery and history. The walk to and the dinner at the Truffle farm in the Dordogne. Overall it was a lovely trip and I would do it all over again.
Anne Wilson – Walking France 2014

Another fantastic tour! The chance to experience rural France in the company of a very good group. I appreciated the opportunities to use my French. Many thanks to Calder & Lawson for their faultless organisation and to Gerald, our Tour Manager, for his consistently wise and personable leadership. I found the 2 and 3 star hotels perfectly suitable for this type of tour. This tour was really good value for money.
David Dwerryhouse – Walking France 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. There was so much to see and do and there was also enough time to put our feet up now and then. I know you have had plenty of experience organising tours but your arrangements and attention to detail enabled the whole tour to go so well.
Nedra Johnson – African Adventures 2014

The advantages of going with a group are huge…I think the quality of accommodation, amount of transport and meals included means that the power of group bookings must have gained us some good deals.
H. McAlpine, Te Kauwhata – Turkish Discovery 2013

We wanted to see more than overpopulated highlights and snatch and grab tourist experiences.  We wanted to be able to understand more of the countries and their people, interact with locals and experience their way of life.  A day of good physical activity provided a very sound basis for evenings exploring the social life and cuisine.
R. Shallcrass, Wellington – Walking Tours

The success of the trip started well before we left NZ with the Calder & Lawson team helping with all preparations needed before we left.
R. Moles, Matamata – Wild Alaska by Small Ship 2012

The tour was well researched therefore great value for money. Independently, it be difficult to cope with long road trip and you would never be able to find off the beaten track things and places we saw plus the local knowledge we gained.
J. Cleary, Hamilton – Africa Adventure 2013

I was impressed with the tour leader’s intelligence, energy, caring and experience.
R. Brooker, Hamilton – Marquesas on a Working Ship 2013

The tour of Russia and the Baltic States 2012 was my 6th tour with C&L Tours. I find the tour leaders and guides have so much to offer that it would be hard to match. My horizons are well and truly broadened and that can’t be a bad thing…
I. Weenink – Tauranga

Thank you Leen and Di for a fabulous tour. The cycling was at a leisurely pace allowing lots of stops for photos and meeting the people, and our local guides in Vietnam and in Cambodia were ever charming, helpful and patient. It was altogether one of the best tours I have been on – hope to repeat the experience in 2013!
D. Wall – Waikanae

Thank you again for a memorable tour. I will have no hesitation in joining another one and heartily recommend your company to anyone who listens.
S. Thompson – Christchurch

It was wonderful to receive the folder of information about the history and culture of each country. The recommended reading list was great as well and added to the whole experience.
W. Hollings – Hamilton

There was so much variety in what we saw and experienced on our tour – the mountains, the caves and gorges, the wonderful old and ancient places, the islands, the food, the people and the turmoil of the history of Croatia and Slovenia – I am so glad we went.
R. Moles – Matamata

I had a fantastic time on this river cruise. It was one of the best trips I have ever been on – and a lot of that was due to our tour group leader.
H. Erickson – Hamilton

I have just been looking at the group photo and seeing all the smiling faces at the beginning of the tour, I am sure all the smiles were even broader at the end of our trip, tinged with sadness as we were all going our own separate ways – Calder and Lawson must be congratulated on the format of their tours that are so diverse in the destinations offered.
P. Kilpatrick – Rotorua