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Guided tours: 2017 top tour picks


Guided tours: 2017 top tour picks

story by: Anna Sarjeant

Most of us dream of travelling the world, but few of us know how to do it with convenience and ease. Fortunately, these three tour groups have created itineraries that do just that.  

Europe Escapade: Contiki
IN THREE(ISH) WORDS Europe on a plate.

GOOD FOR Travellers who want to see and do it all.

IN A NUTSHELL A jam-packed 25 day itinerary discovering the best of Western Europe. Witness the huge contrast between major cities while making new friends and exploring hidden nooks.

IF YOU LIKE FOMO-inducing Instagram moments…

THEN YOU’LL LOVE All the major cities like Barcelona, Vienna, Amsterdam and Florence, as well as Contiki’s 16th century Châteaux in the Beaûjolais wine region.

STANDOUT MOMENT The Swiss Alps from your bedroom window. In Lauterbrunnen, Contiki's very own Swiss chalet boasts a waterfall literally on the doorstep. You can use it to shower, or simply as a stunning backdrop while you destroy yet another bar of Swiss chocolate.

PRICE RANGE 25 days from NZ $3977 per person (early payment discount before 15 December 2016).

HOT tip: Pack lightly. And don’t fret if you forget an essential. Europe is the realm of H&M - AKA cheap clobber. 

2. Perfect Tasmania: AAT Kings
IN THREE(ISH) WORDS Fun, knowledgeable and authentic.

GOOD FOR Getting immersed in landscape, history and culture with the help of an incredibly knowledgeable Travel Director.

IN A NUTSHELL Discover why Tasmania is renowned for its scenery, wildlife and gourmet food and wine. Visit MONA, hike Cradle Mountain National Park, find a Tasmanian devil or simply feed your hankering for great cheese and wine, this trip’s as versatile as it is varied.

IF YOU LIKE Delicious wine…

THEN YOU’LL LOVE Day seven when you’ll visit Tamar Valley for a ‘You’re Invited’ lunch at Josef Chromy's 1880s homestead vineyard. The botrytis Riesling is a must-try.

STANDOUT MOMENT Admiring Wineglass Bay on a four hour cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula. As one of the world’s top ten beaches, this naturally spectacular crescent boasts white sand, emerald sea and a background of pink and grey granite peaks.

PRICE RANGE 12 days from NZ $5395 per person.

HOT TIP Utilise your Travel Director and ask questions! They’re experts in several subjects, including Tassie’s history, economy, flora and fauna.   

3. Sights & Sounds of the South: Globus
IN THREE(ISH) WORDS Renowned US music.

GOOD FOR Music buffs, foodies and those wanting to experience a different area of America.

IN A NUTSHELL An introduction to Southern USA, discovering the region’s influential music scene, its history and its icons. By day, visit RCA Studio B and go behind-the-scenes at Churchill Downs. By night, fill your beakers with whiskey and moonshine.

IF YOU LIKE Elvis Presley…

THEN YOU’LL LOVE Day two’s included visit to Graceland; Elvis Presley’s former mansion and Meditation Garden where he’s buried, along with family members.

STANDOUT MOMENT Reserved seats at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry; Nashville's weekly country-music stage concert. With roots dating as far back as 1925, it's the show credited with putting the music genre on the map.

PRICE RANGE 10 days from NZ $4059 per person twin share (based on 20 May-23 Sep 2017 departures).

HOT TIP Set aside some time to explore your Nashville accommodation, the famous Opryland Hotel. It boasts nine acres of indoor gardens, waterfalls, shops and restaurants. 

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