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Remembering Places Together

  • Thank you Mandy. I am enjoying my Bhutanese green tea. Each time I look at my fridge magnet of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery I think of the pilgrimage to it. Looking back it was a wonderful experience. I hear of others who fly into Paro, do the half country round trip, take a horse/mule up to the teahouse and then walk and think they have achieved. I have an interesting comment in reply!
    All good with me, in isolation in Palm Nth. but good computer network chats and friends, plus lots of gardening, my garden will never be so good again!
    Take care

    Bhutan Memory
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  • So many thanks for your kind thoughts. The thought of Georgia and Abzerbaijan is keeping me sane at the moment.

    Best wishes to both you and Richard,


    Memories for Sanity
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  • Many thanks for your message and it is lovely to know that you are thinking of us all and yes, we are all in this together and I am sure if we all do what we are told we will come out the other side safe and sound and have learnt a lot from this very stressful situation. This month will be a good opportunity to give a lot of thought to planning the next trip!

    Take care, keep well and keep smiling.



  • Hi Mandy, All the very best to you and all the team. We look forward one day to travelling with you again. Hoping we all weather the storm. Stay safe.


    Stewart and Irene

    Weathering the Storm
  • What a difficult time for you and your staff – it’s a hard time to be in the travel business.

    And what a great idea to get out our holiday photos and reminisce – we did the wonderful Camino trip with Stu last year – still have a number of pics not named … so plenty to do over the next few weeks of isolation!

    Many thanks and keep safe


    Camino Reflections
  • Thankyou for your thoughts which are much appreciated and reciprocated. We are in uncertain times.

    We have very fond memories of our time with you and described it many times to our friends. We hope you are back on the road soon.

    Keith and Jane

    Caucasus Memories
  • Thankyou Mandy for your mail and I wish the little fern was dripping on our garden here in the driest of Marlborough Autumns. The grape growers are thrilled it is so dry with very cool nights which is perfect for developing the best flavours. Interested to read that Zagreb has an earthquake recently, poor things we know what that feels like but nevertheless sad to see old and unstable buildings topple to the forces of nature. Early in 2000 I travelled through the city of Bam in southern Iran after their 6.6 earthquake which was completely devastating for their mostly mud brick dwellings mosques and the palace. Hopefully Zagreb fared a little better and that the casualty rate was significantly less I heard.

    With kind regards

    😊 Sue

    Persia Pauses
  • Thanks for the update. I hope you, your family and all the lovely folks at Tours Direct stay safe and well too. Hope to see you once again sometime in the future when the world becomes a healthy place to travel in.

    All the best


    Healthy Future
  • Thank you for your email. Most caring and unexpected. I do feel to be part of the TDirect Family..

    All good Re getting home and thankfully we decided to come back 4 days earlier.

    Such a lot happened in those two weeks since leaving home.

    Until another time, as I hope will be,


    Tours Direct Family

Current Tours

  • Russia & Baltic States 2020

    22 Magnificent Days
    Departs 22 June, 2020
    History and beauty in Lithuania and Latvia. Visit gorgeous Estonia alongside the magnificent St Petersburg and majestic Moscow.
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    GeoTrip: Norfolk Island 2020

    8 Fun filled Days
    Departs 3 July, 2020
    Over 50 caches to be found with a group of like-minded people.
  • Iceland & Norway 2020

    22 Spectacular Days
    Departs 5 July, 2020
    Nature’s spectacular beauty from ice and fire to Fjords, all to be discovered on this tour.
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    20 Captivating Days
    Departs 28 July, 2020
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  • Land of the Incas 2020

    17 Intriguing Days
    Departs 12 August, 2020
    Discover the 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu and other highlights.
  • Confirmed Departure

    E-Bike Southern France 2020

    18 Active Days
    Departs 1 September, 2020
    Physical exercise in a wonderful landscape – this is pure pleasure!
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    Central Asia 2020

    29 Captivating Days
    Departs 13 September, 2020
    This is the BIG one. Explore five Stans in four weeks.
  • Alpine Discovery: Slovenia – Italy – Switzerland 2020

    18 Spectacular Days
    Departs 19 September, 2020
    For the true lovers of the mountains.
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    19 Magical Days
    Departs 21 October, 2020
    Discover the hidden jewel of the Himalayas; Bhutan - a place of true happiness.
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    23 Intriguing Days
    Departs 25 October, 2020
    Africa – a gorgeous continent of such diversity… Beautiful, colourful and welcoming.
  • Israel & Jordan 2020

    20 Inspiring Days
    Departs 9 November, 2020
    Explore the historic marvels of the ancient world; Jerusalem, Petra, the Dead Sea to name a few.


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Iceland & Norway 2020

Departs 5 July, 2020

Land of the Incas 2020

Departs 12 August, 2020
Confirmed Departure

E-Bike Southern France 2020

Departs 1 September, 2020
Confirmed Departure

Central Asia 2020

Departs 13 September, 2020

Bhutan: East & West 2020

Departs 21 October, 2020

Israel & Jordan 2020

Departs 9 November, 2020

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Tour Reviews

  • The itinerary was excellent, allowing us to go places and see things we could not have managed on our own in the time available. At the same time there was some free time to rest or go shopping.

    Russia & the Baltics
  • The itinerary was very comprehensive. The extra things we managed to fit in such as white water rafting and archery were the cherry on the top. There was enough culture fitted in and we were lucky enough to see a dance practice in the Dzong in Punakha.

    Bhutan: East & West
  • We saw and experienced so much and not only the major highlights. All the extras made the tour for me.

    Central Asia
  • Great – really liked that it was a small group, that we travelled almost always in same vehicle with same driver. The game parks etc were all different and contrasting, saw wonderful selection of animals and scenery – all we hoped for and more. Zanzibar was totally different, a great experience, definitely worthwhile

    African Safari
  • A good mix of travel and walking without hopping from one tourist site to the next which allowed us to explore and experience the local character, eg the visits to the ceramic workshops, the delta cruise, the Uros Island/Lake Titicaca experiences, the diversity of La Paz to name a few.

    South America
  • For me personally, excellent. Kept us on our toes, always something different to see round every corner, giving us a great range of experiences. Just enough down time for a quick nap and laundry duty

    Way of St James
  • A very full itinerary which had been meticulously planned. Every day was varied and interesting. Flexibility was appreciated on days when the pace got a bit too much.

    Walking in Japan
  • Wow, such a great tour – I loved being so close to the birds and animals. Highly recommend.