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  • Still so vivid are the memories of our fun filled week spent biking through the stunning and ever changing countryside, in weather conditions we had only dared to hope for!

    Sunshine and warmth greeted us daily as we continued our cycling adventure and the memories, camaraderie shared and feeling of accomplishment will long remain with us, now that we are back to the reality of old clothes and porridge!!

    The entire tour ran like clockwork thanks to the foresight, planning and superb organisation of our team leaders Helen and Jan.

    The accommodation and meals throughout were first class, ..indeed we could fault nothing … from go to whoa … and would happily repeat the exercise/adventure at the drop of a hat!

    Many thanks for the memories.

    E-Bike: Alps 2 Ocean Tour Nov 2021
  • Mandy was outstanding in every way. Always efficient and helpful and set a very positive tone for the whole trip! It was a pleasure to travel with such a gifted leader!

    Walking in Japan Tour 2019
  • Fantastic experience cycling with a lovely group of people on such a beautiful and varied trail, a real journey to make. It was very well organised and very ably led by Mandy and Jan. They were flexible, knowledgeable, skilled in what they needed to do and made safe decisions about the specific needs and bike capability of various group members (eg changed schedule on one day for safety reasons). Accommodation was well chosen and comfortable. Lunches and morning and afternoon teas provided by Jan were excellent, especially her salads, range of items and quantity. Her care of the bikes each evening, stories and driving were all great.

    E-Bike: Alps 2 Ocean Tour Feb 2022
  • Helen was great, never appeared hassled although she must have felt it at times. Always clear with instructions and showed concern for each of the group and very willing to sort any problems. Really well prepared and organised..

  • We saw and experienced so much and not only the major highlights. All the extras made the tour for me.

    Central Asia Tour 2019
  • Overall the tour was great – I really enjoyed it. Each day was a highlight!
    The only disappointment was not being able to do the leg out of Lake Ohau but understandable because of the weather conditions. However, the alternative was brilliant.
    I am a person who likes to absorb all that’s around me and stop and listen to the sounds (or no sound) of the place I am in. So I thoroughly enjoyed those moments. I realise too that there is an itinerary to keep to. I wonder if an extra day could be added somehow to allow that if there are others like me.
    I appreciated the mixture of people and the inclusiveness of everyone especially for those on their own. The caring and energy aspects of the leaders/guides/driver were amazing.

    E-Bike: Alps 2 Ocean Tour Feb 2022
  • Top for me would be the Simien Mountains and Lalibela, but of course there were other interesting destinations/activities too – Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana, the procession at the cathedral in Aksum, the Cookery School, the drives through the countryside…..A fascinating and interesting country.

    Ethiopia Explorer Tour 2020
  • Full and very interesting! Nice to stay more than a night in the forests and have time to get to know a place and it’s wildlife and people. Great balance!

    Borneo Discovery Tour 2019
  • This was a magnificent tour which exceeded my expectations in many respects. Thank you for the wonderful experiences which I will relive for many years to come.

    Walking in Japan Tour 2019
  • Good mix. Good to see animals but also the other crafts etc – aluminium, silk, boat building, paper making.

    Mauritius & Madagascar Tour 2019
  • Excellent. Up there as one of the best tours I have ever done.

    Central Asia Tour 2019
  • I was excited about the itinerary. I really liked the mix/balance of historical and wildlife destinations

    Ethiopia Explorer Tour 2020
  • Jenni was great. I always felt comfortable and confident in her hands.She has reignited my enthusiasm for travel(and she encouraged me to try snorkeling,which was lots of fun!).I really hope to travel with her again.

    Borneo Discovery Tour 2019
  • I have every confidence with Tours Direct and would like to consider touring with them again

    Ethiopia Explorer Tour 2020
  • Yes, more than met my expectations. Appreciated Mandy’s concern for tour members and willingness to help and resolve any issues.

    Central Asia Tour 2019
  • The lemurs in Andasibe in the north, and Isalo National Park where our guide, Roland, was outstanding. He explained the wildlife, found scorpions for us and described the local burial traditions.
    Lemurs! The other people on the tour. The visits to craft places. Walking in the forests.

    Mauritius & Madagascar Tour 2019
  • We loved Salzburg and were intrigued with Cesky Krumlov. The biking was fantastic.

    Danube Boat & Bike Tour 2019
  • Copenhagen and the Fjords. They were magic.

    Spectacular Scandinavia Tour 2019
  • Mandy was her usual wonderful self who always has excactly what you need, including Panadol or icecreams……

    Central Asia Tour 2019
  • Brilliantly organized, so love the small groups. Outstanding Tour leader Helen Tait

  • Petra and Jerusalem There was so much to see that I could have gone back there for a week and still not seen it all. Was just lovely soaking up the atmosphere In other words i just love the whole trip and find it hard to believe that I did so much Thankyou

    Israel & Jordan 2018
  • We saw and experienced so much and not only the major highlights. All the extras made the tour for me.

    Central Asia Tour 2019
  • Jenni Shallard is an absolutely delightful lady who dedicated herself to the care and well-being of each of us.
    She ensured that we were well informed on every occasion and that each occasion was memorable. So many new joys have been imprinted and will remain with me always.
    Jenni’s facility to create and share new experiences is superb.

    Russia & Baltic States Tour 2018
  • Extremely interesting, well balanced and built up to a good climax in the Smarkand-Khiva axis. Even though it was long, I found my interest did not flag. The built-in free times were really important and necessary.

    Central Asia Tour 2019
  • Mandy is wonder woman. So patient, so caring, so capable. Always went the extra mile and had a stock of ‘plans B’ for all events

  • Jenni did very well; she is a great listener, showed lots of patience, has more than adequately met our expectations, and nothing appeared too much trouble for her. .Jenni has a very reassuring manner that I am sure is helpful to those with tour apprehensions.

    Borneo Discovery Tour 2019
  • Janet was very helpful,cheerful and competent and an asset to the smooth running of the Tour. Also friendly.

    Ethiopia Explorer 2020
  • Excellent, varied and informative as well as visiting all the right places, the ones you have dreamed about visiting “for ever”….

    Central Asia Tour 2019
  • Excellent. Could easily do double the time. So much more to see… But I don’t think a lifetime would cover such a historic region

    Israel & Jordan 2018
  • Importantly, having a friendly group that was very together, a good number of people rather than having a big group where factions can emerge. All the different animals that we came across, and the variety of flora that we were exposed to. The quality of the accommodation and the attitude of the guides, who appeared very invested in their work and promoting their place.

    Borneo Discovery Tour 2019
  • Janet did an excellent job. This was especially shown in the circumstances at Addis Airport where she had to negotiate to be allowed to get us on our flight. She was bright and good company and got things done.

    Ethiopia Explorer 2020
  • Chas was always professional. He was helpful and knowledgeable.
    A people person. He looked out for all individuals on the tour and strived to meet their needs.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this cruise must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the cruise as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the cruise departure date.

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 16 December, 2021

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 31 January, 2022

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Inclusions
Variations
Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

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Inclusions

  • All meals, including a pre-show dinner at Dockside Restaurant on the Wellington waterfront
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports – there could be a price adjustment).
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Land Only price on application
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance