The first Private Traveller for 2014.  This month we have been trying to help many achieve their travel goals for the year by sharing some great destinations and experiential travel on our Facebook page and now in this newsletter, with a few ideas for the Bucket List.  Also some interesting experiential travel, Political Tours and luxury holidays which includes Voluntarism.
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Seabourn Odyssey

A new type of travel -

Nicholas Wood, former Balkans New York Times correspondent spent years bringing news to the people. Now he is taking people to the news.
In 2009, he set up “Political Tours,” a revolutionary concept for travelers passionate about politics and currents affairs.

The London based company runs a number of tours to post conflict destinations like Bosnia, Kosovo, North Korea and Israel and Palestine, as well countries such as Turkey, South Africa and Scotland where there has or potentially has been, upheaval.

Most of the tours are themed. The South Africa tour looks at the Mandela legacy and what has changed since the end of apartheid. The Scottish tour looks at the implications of Scotland’s independence and the possible break-up
of the UK.

Issues are discussed and both side of the story are exposed though informal meetings with locals, journalists, diplomats and politicians.

“The complexities of countries are uncovered, layer by layer to really show how a country ticks,” says Wood.
The Private Travel Company can tailor an itinerary for you to include one of Political Tours incredible destinations. 
For further information contact us.
Click here to listen to Kim Hill's recent interview with Nicholas Wood
Click here for 2014 Political Tours.
The Golden Door


Luxury tour companies helping
make your dreams a reality

Abercrombie & Kent provide an amazing array of luxury tours for small groups or individually tailor-made for you. From discovering Africa by private jet to exploring the land of the Pharaohs. Experience alluring destinations with five-star service and signature A&K insider access. 

& Beyond’s is a conservation-led luxury experiential travel company with their roots deeply in Africa.  Invitation to Dream and their latest Safari offers.

Dream Escape offer specialised itineraries for Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.  Whether you would like to spend some time in a stately home, or you are interest in gardens, whisky, ancestry & genealogy, history or architecture, the Loches & Isles the creative planners of Dream Escape can tailor make an itinerary for you. 
For more information, brochures and rates contact us
Singita Serengeti House

  Bucket List Ideas

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – 8  - 13 October 2014 
4 night package; Exclusive tour with Fabian Coulthard - V8 Supercar driver, from $1959* per person twin share (land only).
3 night package fully escorted from $1309* per person twin share (land only).
Options to do a self drive tour to the event.
Edinburgh Royal Tattoo & City Explorer   1  - 23 August 2014
2 night package from $615* per person share twin
Includes 2 nights accommodation including breakfast daily, Military Tattoo   ticket, entry to Edinburgh Castle & more! 
Wimbledon – England  - 23 June - 6 June 2014
Two night land only package at Hotel Ibis Earls Court and 1 day of Tournament access with additional inclusions from NZ$2433 per person (share double).
Wimbledon is the only Major still played on grass – the games original surface so get in quick to secure you package to this event.
French Open (Roland Garros) – Paris  - 25 May - 8 June 2014
Two night land only package at 3 star hotel in Paris and 1 day of Tournament access with additional inclusions from NZ$1559 per person (share double).
Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam still held on a clay court so get in quick to secure you package to this event.
Chelsea Flower Show – Thursday 22, Friday 23 & Saturday 24 May 2014
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show  - 26 - 20 March 2014
Two night land only package at Causeway Inn on the Mall and a 1 day adult entry ticket from NZ$174 per person (share double).
The show is entering its 19th year and is regarded as the largest and most successful horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.

For more information contact us
Cirque Du Soleil - Michael Jackson ONE


Seabourn Signature Saving fares  
Also special cruise fare offers on:
a)      Seabourn Odyssey - Singapore to Rome 25 March 2014, 35 nights, USD$9659.00 pp twin share (Limited offer – Complimentary upgrade to Veranda)
b)      Seabourn Quest – Dover to Montreal (Route of the Vikings), 08 August 2014, 24 nights, USD$12,057.00 pp twin share
Royal Caribbean  RCI  Royal Class Earlybird Sale. Book by 28 Feb 2014. Cruise fare savings  and bonus onboard credits for worldwide cruises 6 nights or more departing between March – December 2014.  Additional onboard credit bonuses for European cruises. 
Seadream - Yachting in the Baltics   
National Geographic Orion, formerly Orion Expeditions, is now owned by Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic, embarks on its first inaugural voyage 21 March 2014.  From Dive legend, Valerie Taylor to National Geographic’s famous photographers as your guides these expeditions will be unforgettable.     
Un-Cruise Adventures -  Alaska. Hawaii. Columbia & Snake Rivers. Coastal Washington & British Columbia. Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.
Cruise fare savings and Value Add Hotel offers.
Muse Restaurant - Hunter Valley

Restaurants Recommended

Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant   -   Port Denarau Marina, Denarau Island  Ph:+679 675 0290

Bonefish  -   Port Denarau Marina, Denarau Island  Ph:  +679 675 0197 

New Zealand
The Gumdiggers Cafe   - 3 Main Rd, Ahipara  Ph: +64 09 408 1778

Baduzzi  -  10-26 Jellicoe St, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland  Ph: +649 309 0330

Masu  -  Sky City Grand Hotel, Federal Street, Auckland  Ph: +649 363 6278

Ostro Restaurant & Bar  -  52 Tyler Street, Seafarers Building, Britomart, Auckland  Ph: +649 302 9888


The Private Travel Company Team


Quote of the Month

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."  -  Michael Jordan
Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Air NZ New Year Europe/USA sales have now ended.  If you missed these make sure you contact us to let us know that you would be interested in any new fare reductions.

Tadrai Resort Fiji


Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines are forming an alliance enabling Air NZ to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again.  These flights will be daily with Singapore Airlines operating the Airbus A380 and Air New Zealand operating a newly fitted Boeing 777-200ER.
Quote of the month

Our favourite short stay luxury accommodation in Sydney are The Residences by The Country Trader.  Situated  in a quiet residential street close to Potts Point, Sydney Harbour and Rushcutters Bay Park. Let us make a reservation for you on your next visit to Sydney. Youtube video

Wellington Sevens 2014 Special Deals – there are a limited number of discounted Seven’s packages available, but not for long.
Contact us for details


Tuscan Calendar

Andrea Bocelli will perform in his birthplace, Lajatico on 20th July. The famous Palio di Siena will be held on 2nd July and 16th August.  Europe’s Autumn is Truffle time, so why not try your hand at hunting for these treasures.  Alternatively try many of the food festivals held in celebration to olive oil, mushrooms, chestnuts and more during September, October and November.

Hands Up Holidays

Hands Up Holidays is a luxury travel company that has a secret ingredient for making their trips so special and that is by combining a fantastic tailor-made luxury holiday with a ‘taste’ of volunteering or philanthropy.
Combining the two gives you the chance to get under the skin of a destination and interact meaningfully with the local people and giving them a 'hand up' in life. 
From individuals to families and corporate groups we will tailor a trip that will ensure you come back inspired, filled with great memories and touching stories.
Contact us for more information.  
Click here to view The Family Travel Brochure 2014   


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