This month we have been very busy with a team member away experiencing a great adventure, planning and hosting a cruise evening and booking those last minute summer holidays.  Sandra shares the itinerary of her adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos and we share some information about Kerala, India.
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Quito Ecuador

Sandra visits Ecuador and The Galapagos with     World Journeys

If you haven't been following us on Facebook you may not know that Sandra Barclay-Graham has just returned from Ecuador and The Galapagos, touring with World Journeys. Taking in Quito, Mashpi Lodge in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador and on to the wonders of the islands of Galapagos. Click here to view her itinerary that World Journeys put together for the visit and read Sandra's comments. The wonderful thing about visiting this incredible destination is that it doesn't matter what time of the year you decide to go it just means that the wildlife and the vegetation changes from something magnificent to something else just as great. Contact us and along with World Journeys we can put together an itinerary that will give you many memorable moments.
Air New Zealand Islands on Sale


Think Fast - Islands on sale now!
Air New Zealand has released new Shortlife Economy and Business class fares to the Islands. Sales are effective until 17 November 2014.  T's& Cs apply.
Click here to view the special fares that Qantas have released to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Santiago, Los Angeles and New York.  T's & C's apply

Please note that most of the Earlybird fares to Europe for 2015 close soon.

Contact us for full details and bookings on all these special fares.


Join Ted or Beaver on a Fan Flight to the
Rugby World Cup 2015

Book now with a 20% deposit to secure your place on this once in a lifetime tour!
All prices are in New Zealand dollars per person, twin share. A single supplement price is available for all packages.
Kerela, India

Kerala, India

From incredible wildlife, backwater houseboat cruising to Ayurveda spa retreats and exotic beaches, Kerala, a state situated on the south west coast of India, offers all of this and more. The Private Travel Company team spent an evening hosted by Kerala Tourism learning more about this fabulous destination. A few of Kerala's tour suppliers had made the journey to Auckland to enlighten us about their home and the Secretary of Kerala Tourism spoke at length and proudly about what Kerala had to offer. The houseboats converted from the original rice boats that used to ferry the rice to market have been amazingly fitted out and many of them are quite large and include full amenities. Where possible Kerala Tourism has ensured that locals are employed as tour guides and that the villages benefit from tourism in the region. To read more about what Kerala has to offer take a look at the Kerala Tourism website.  Contact us for more details and fantastic itineraries that are available.
World Journeys ANZAC 2015 Tour

ANZAC DAY 2015 - 100TH Anniversary of Gallipoli

World Journeys have a fully escorted Small Group 15 day tour on sale until 1 December 2014.  Click here to view Itinerary.  It is important to note that to attend the Dawn Service you must be a ballot ticket holder.


If you are a Ballot ticket holder or not there is still some availability on-board the Deluxe Cruise Ship Azamara Journey "Walk in the footprints of time as you enjoy the distinctive insights of noted international experts. Gain insight into ancient cultures, battles old and new, the Turkish Gallipoli story and intriguing links between the battlefields and legends beyond. Share the unforgettable moment as dawn breaks over Anzac Cove, immersed in the solemn recollection of 100 years. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the proud Gallipoli tradition and participate in Anzac Centenary commemorations."

Contact us for more information and to plan your ANZAC 2015 Tour
Cruise World

Cruise Evening with Cruise World

On Tuesday evening The Private Travel Company hosted a Cruise Evening at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron with a presentation by Cherryl and Bronwyn from Cruise World.  They covered Seabourn, Silversea and Hapag Lloyd's Europa 2 along with small luxury exploration cruise lines Un-Cruise Adventures and American Cruise LinesSeabourn was well known by many of our guests, but for those who were being introduced to Seabourn for the first time they were extremely impressed. The first hand knowledge that both Cherryl and Bronwyn have of these cruise lines is very impressive, which gives everyone great confidence when choosing their cruise.  The presentation of Un-Cruise and in particular Cherryl's recent cruise with them in Alaska was also received with great enthusiasm. The photographs of her Alaskan adventure were wonderful to see.  Being able to see the Zodiacs and Canoes that can be used to get off the ship and even closer to the action and hearing Cherryls description of getting on and off them certainly cleared worries for some. Knowing how easy it was done would ease the minds of many. We want to thank our guests for attending, Cherryl and Bronwyn for their presentation and RNZYS for their service.  Contact us for information on any of the cruises mentioned or other cruises available.  We had three door prizes drawn at the end of the evening and the lucky winners received a bottle of Mumms Champagne generously given by Cruise World, a selection of skincare products generously given by Ros Torrance from Art a Face and Jane Daniels very generously gave one of her designer Scarfs and also gave every who attended a $50 Gift Voucher, which can be used at her store in Parnell or her newly opened store at 63 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby.   Click here to download a Seabourn cruise and land package - 10 Nights sailing from Montreal to Boston.

The Private Travel Company Team

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Kerry Graham        
Clinton Sangster
Shirley Watson
Sandra Barclay-Graham
Vicki Patterson
Jules Cheeseman 

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Indy 500

Indianapolis, USA
(24 May 2015)
2 Night Indy 500 Package 

2 nights from NZD1,179 pp share twin - Valid for sales to 23 April 2015 - Valid for travel commenced 23 May & completed 25 May 2015. Includes 2 nights accommodation with continental breakfast on the Sunday, Paddock or C stand ticket, Official program and welcome gift, admission to Hall of Fame Museum, souvenir ticket holder and credential and professional event staff on-site to assist. T's & C's apply Contact us for full details.
British Golf Open

15 - 20 July 2015

5 nights from NZD5,809 pp share twin, Valid for sales to 24 April 2015. Valid for travel commenced 15 July & completed 20 July 2015.
Grounds pass to the 2015 Open Championship on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Mid-size car rental with automatic transmission for the duration of your stay.
Reserved parking at the Open Championship for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Full breakfast and dinner meals daily at the hotel.
Round of golf on the hotel's The Montgomery or The Bruce course.
Credential holder and lanyard, On-call staff to assist. T's & C's apply Contact us for full details.
SeaDream's Caribbean

SeaDream's Caribbean

"It's yachting, not cruising"  February to April is a great time of the year to visit the Caribbean and SeaDream have a selection of great Caribbean cruises on offer during these months in 2015.  Click here to view the sailing dates and destinations. Contact us for full details, availability and rates. 
Holland America

Holland America Line 2 great itineraries out of Auckland in February 2015

Cruise out of Auckland on-board Holland America Line to Singapore (27 nights) or Dubai (46 nights), departing 5 February 2015. Receive a complimentary upgrade to an Oceanview from an Interior State Room. A fantastic way to start the New Year. Click here to view flyer with map of cruise and some rates. Contact us for full details, rates and availability.


Silversea Cruises has released three new brochures showcasing some of their most popular destinations - Europe, Asia and the Kimberley. Contact us for more details, rates and availability of these wonderful luxury cruises.
Song Saa Photography Workshop

Song Saa Private Island Resort Cambodia

Song Saa have released the new dates for their next 4 day Travel Photography Workshop - 11- 15 March 2015. Learn from the renowned photographer Justin Mott with daily lessons. USD1,200 per person - plus accommodation. As this will be the shoulder season the Stay 4/Pay 3 applies. Contact us for more details and availability as numbers are limited. Click here to read more about the Workshop


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