The team have been very busy the past couple of months. Clinton in Fiji, Mandy cruising the Caribbean and Sandra on Safari in East Africa.  Kerry is in Fiji at present revisiting some old favourites.  You will find their stories below.
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Whatever destination or travel experience interests you we want to make sure that you have the best possible advice and information.  The best way to do this is by experiencing it ourselves. If we haven’t done it we will go to the best source of information that we have available.  That can be from many of our valued suppliers.  Christmas is fast coming upon us and New Year is around the corner.  If you are even just thinking you may travel in 2014 make sure you register this information with your Private Travel Company advisor so they can advise you of the next round of special airline rates to UK/Europe and US.  There are still some earlybird rates available on a few of the airlines for a limited time.  Africa was a very popular destination this year.  Obviously the Camps are not large so numbers are limited.  It is recommended to book well in advance.  We can keep you up to date with any destination interests you may have.  Just let us know.
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White Rhino

Seabourn Sojourn Cruise in the Caribbean - By Mandy Brown

My husband and I love sailing, from racing small yachts and windsurfers to cruising in larger yachts with friends on holidays in many destinations around New Zealand and overseas.  This year we decided to try cruising on a larger ship to see whether it was for us.  Firstly choosing the right cruise was important.  After talking to The Private Travel Company’s Cruise Master, Sandra Barclay-Graham and the team at Cruise World we all agreed that a Seabourn cruise was the one. A good size ship, all suite and only 428 passengers.  From there we looked at the cruises available in October/November (the time that suited us).  We chose the Caribbean for 10 days, on-board Seabourn Sojourn.....   Read More
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Cruising Specials

Seabourn have two fantastic packages available.  Sales close on 3 December so make sure you get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Seabourn Odyssey – Black Sea Odyssey  9 Night Fly/Cruise& Land Package – 4 September 2014  Istanbul Return per person, share twin A - Oceanview NZ$8759 pp, V1 – Verandah NZ$9269 pp. 
Click here for more information
Seabourn Spirit -  Venice and Adriatic Gems  11 Night Fly/Cruise packages 2014 from NZD$9059pp share twiin. 
Click here for more information.

Conditions apply on both of these packages. 
Contact us for more details, rates and availability.

SeaDream Special Voyages

With only 112 guests, 95 award-winning crew, 5-star cuisine and inclusive fares, what better way to explore the exotic ports and hidden coves of the world than from your very own yacht. SeaDream’s Itineraries are designed with late evening and overnight stays in port to enjoy the local nightlife. Take in the views that will leave you breathless while enjoying SeaDream’s inimitable style. 
For more information and to download PDF click here

Cruising Croatia - 2014

If you don't feel comfortable bareboat sailing  in Croatia then take a cruise on a small vintage motor/sailing ship.  This is a fantastic way to visit some incredible Islands and amazing historic towns.  For more details click here  For some good information on what you can see and do Kerry and Mandy have both sailed in Croatia.  Read more
Singita Serengeti House

East Africa, Tanzania and Zanzibar  
by Sandra Barclay-Graham

Last month Sandra and her pearl's set off on a special Master Class Educational of World Journey’s to East Africa. Travelling with 4 other NZ  agents,  Kirstine  our Escort from World Journeys  and Lucille from Sales & Marketing  of & Beyond  in South Africa……..   Read More
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 World Journeys have a great package for those who would like to try a Mobile Camping (Glamping) Safari in Botswana.  The Botswana Explorer  is 10 Days/9 Nights covering Okavango Delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Savute Channel, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. This is a small group tour and is fully guided by an &Beyond guide throughout.

For 2014 departures, rates and a copy of the Botswana Explorer Brochure contact us. 
Click here to download PDF of Itinerary.
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Muse Restaurant - Hunter Valley

Villas available in Croatia

Croatia has quickly become a favoured destination.  A couple of the Private Travel Company team have spent some time in Croatia sailing and exploring.  World journeys now offer a selection of Villas in the Coatian Islands of Brac and Hvar which we know will delight New Zealanders visiting these shores.  Accommodating 8-10 people the villas are recommended for families or groups of friends.  Prices for the Villas vary seasonally which a minimum 7 night stay applying in July and August. Priced from $344 per night for a lead-in 4 bedroom property, which can accommodate up to ten people, including power, water, linen, pool, garden maintenance and final clean.
For more information on the Villas available and rates please contact us.  
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Restaurant recommendations

Bianca - Delano Hotel, Ocean Ave, Sth Beach, Miami, USA  P: Florida  305 674 5752 

First Crush - 101 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco, CA, USA 94102  P: 415.982.7874  

The Private Travel Company team are available to assist you with all your travel requirements no matter how small or large the travel or the budget.  From booking a hotel to a full on World tour we cater for everyone.  We belong to the First Travel Group, which enables us to secure excellent rates for all budgets.  We arrange everything for you before you go and remain on-call 24/7 while you're travelling.

Kerry Graham,  Clinton Sangster,  Shirley Watson,  Sandra Barclay-Graham,  Vicki Patterson

Travel News

Air New Zealand has made some changes to its Airpoints programme which has great new rewards for our frequent flyer clients and more. 
Click here for full details

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Poronui is a favourite place of Kerry and Mandy from The Private Travel Company and also many of our clients.  They not only offer great fly fishing and hunting experiences, but some great walks, mountain biking and horse riding.  There is a magnificent beech forest on the property to hike through or helicopter into the Kaimanawas.  Stay at the Lodge or the Safari camp and enjoy fabulous meals in  comfort at the end of each busy day.  Read more about one of our visits here.  Or  
click here to read a recent herald article.
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The Morgan Hotel Group bring together the creative power of many – designers, artists, musicians – to bend the rules, stretch the realm of possibility and constantly push the boundaries of what a hotel can be.  Mandy has recently stayed in the Delano, South Beach Miami and The Clift, San Francisco.  For something very different in a boutique hotel these are a fantastic experience.
Contact us for more details.

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The Sangster family holiday in Fiji
(Blue Lagoon Cruise, Castaway Island and the Hilton)
by Vicki Patterson

Clinton & I travelled with our two children to Fiji for the recent school holidays.  A highlight was the 4 night Blue Lagoon Cruise aboard the Fiji Princess.  We travelled by high speed catamaran to join the Fiji Princess at the southernmost point of the Yasawa Islands along with about 30 other passengers.....
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Kamalaya Koh Samui

Kamalaya is situated on a beautiful beachfront location overlooking the pristine southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya was conceived and founded by John and Karina Stewart. John visited Koh Samui in 2000, where he discovered a piece of land that immediately captivated him with its special energy. Click here to read more about Kamalaya, it’s beautiful location and facilities. Immersing yourself in their vision - “To bring together diverse traditions and cultures in a nurturing, healing environment from which people can explore and embrace life’s potential.”
Contact us for more details and rates. Plus make sure you ask about the Bonus Nights available from now until 19th December 2013.
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