Russia and the Baltics
June / July 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Turbulent political and social change has shaped these countries.  Discover the history, both recent and past of this region.  Spend a week exploring the now independent Baltic States, with two nights in each of the capitals, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Each city has a charming historic centre as well as burgeoning modern features. Join your river ship, and begin a six-night cruise along the Volga River through lakes, rivers and canals from St Petersburg to Moscow. Daily shore excursions will introduce you to villages and cities off the beaten track, offering insights into daily life in Russia to complement the grand city experiences at either end of the cruise You will sample the rich cultural heritage of Imperial Russia with three-night stays in luxurious hotels in both the magnificent cities of St Petersburg and Moscow.

 

This tour is now full, please contact us if you wish to go on a wait list, or we are offering it again with a September departure date, click here for more details. 

 

 

 

 

Cruising the Kimberley from Broome to Darwin
July 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Discover the world’s last, and possibly most pristine wilderness, the remarkable Kimberley, an area covering more than 400,000 square kilometres in North West Australia. Travelling by small ship you will access all the icons of the coast that are inaccessible by road. From towering waterfalls to secluded gorges, imposing rock ridges to wide savannah plains, the breath-taking outback landscapes of the Kimberley provide a unique experience.  See the world’s oldest indigenous rock art and hear legends of Australia’s pioneering past. Nature lovers will revel in the abundance of bird and wildlife in this area.  With two landings most days and the expert local knowledge of the guides, you are assured of making the most of every minute of your journey. Aboard your expedition vessel, which accommodates up to 120 guests in air-conditioned, en-suite cabins, you will travel in total comfort and unrivalled style.

TOUR DATES Sunday 19 – Friday 31 July, 12 nights

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation in Perth with breakfast
  • 10 nights on board the Coral Adventurer
  • All entrance fees, excursions and sightseeing
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • All meals on the tour
  • Showcase wines, selected beers, juices and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • I nights accommodation at Sydney Airport with breakfast
  • All group transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Port taxes and government charges
  • Pre-tour material.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel or airport porterage

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland, share twin or double occupancy
Coral Deck Cabin                                NZD$13,755
17 sq m cabin with king size bed or two singles, ensuite with shower, twin portholes

Promenade Deck Stateroom             NZD$14,330
17 sq m cabin with king size bed or two singles, compact ensuite with shower, large picture window

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom NZD$16,599
21.4 sq m cabin with king size bed or two singles, ensuite bathroom, private balcony

Sole use cabins are very limited. Please contact us for the single supplement price.

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.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

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

 

Marquesas by Passenger Freighter
August / September 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Stay aboard a modern but authentic working freighter that services some of the most remote islands in the world. The allure of this group of 12 volcanic islands lies not just in their dramatic beauty but also in their rich history. Begin this unique tour in Tahiti before boarding the ship for your 13 day voyage, which will take you to many of the spectacular islands in French Polynesia including Bora Bora. For the few inhabited islands of the Marquesas, this ship is their lifeline to the outside world. The unloading of cargo is an important moment in the life of the local people. Your ship will make approximately 15 stops and you will have ample time to explore and meet the locals. This popular tour will appeal to those who are relatively active, and who are ready for a different kind of cruise experience. You may wish to extend your stay in Tahiti or Moorea.

TOUR MANAGER Kathryn Hunter

TOUR DATES Thursday 20 August  – Saturday 5 September 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 3 nights accommodation in Papeete
  • 12 nights accommodation board Aranui 5
  • All meals on board the Aranui 5, 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

TOUR PRICE Share twin per person, Ex Auckland
Stateroom Cabin                                              NZD$11,590
Premium Suite with balcony                         NZD$14,390

Single supplement (limited availability, price on application).

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlands & Islands of Scotland
August / September 2020

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia and the Baltics
September / October 2020

Turbulent political and social change has shaped these countries.  Discover the history, both recent and past of this region.  Spend a week exploring the now independent Baltic States, with two nights in each of the capitals, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Each city has a charming historic centre as well as burgeoning modern features. Join your river ship, and begin a six-night cruise along the Volga River through lakes, rivers and canals from St Petersburg to Moscow. Daily shore excursions will introduce you to villages and cities off the beaten track, offering insights into daily life in Russia to complement the grand city experiences at either end of the cruise You will sample the rich cultural heritage of Imperial Russia with three-night stays in luxurious hotels in both the magnificent cities of St Petersburg and Moscow.

TOUR DATES Saturday 19 September – Sunday 11 October 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • 6 nights on board the Volga Dream
  • Breakfast daily
  • Other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All group transfers as detailed 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
  • Visa fees
  • 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 – Superior cabin   NZD$15,399
Double per person – Deluxe cabin            NZD$15,958
Single supplement (limited availability) NZD$  2,990

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

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

Cruising the Ganges and Nepal
October & November 2020

An expedition on the Lower Ganges or Hooghly River is one of the prettiest river journeys imaginable. The river wends its way through the lush countryside of West Bengal where a vibrant rural life abounds. There can be no better vessel to explore this lush tapestry than the classic Pandaw rivership. With 18 staterooms on two decks, all with personal verandah space, this is a comfortable small ship. Although Nepal is a trekkers’ paradise, this is not a trekking tour as there is so much more to this small, friendly country sandwiched between China and India. You will visit the bustling city of Kathmandu with its golden temples, world heritage sites and colourful local bazaars and stay in a luxury lodge at Chitwan National Park, home to many species of birds and animals. With an opportunity to fly up the valley and see the majestic Himalayas and Mt Everest, this tour offers something for everyone.

TOUR MANAGER Sue Hayman

TOUR DATES Friday 30 October – Monday 16 November 2020 (17 nights)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 8 nights hotel and lodge accommodation
  • 7 nights on the Kalaw Pandaw
  • All meals and local beverages on the ship, 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
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during included meals,
    unless specified
  • Hotel porterage
  • Optional flight to Mt Everest ($225 USD pp approx.)

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person                                     NZD$12,499
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$ 1,500

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

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

Antarctica
December 2020

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