Tour Leader: Rachel Kristensen

Tour Leader: Rachel Kristensen

The following Tour Leader assignments are for confirmed tours coming up soon with space available, as well as some new and exciting things a little further down the road. This list is not exhaustive—watch this space every couple of months for news about our leaders, simply the best in the business.

In addition to our regular scheduled trips throughout the year, Jonathan Hodgson has designed a couple of new one-off trips that he will be leading late summer / fall:

Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova  NEW TOUR!
JHBU | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 09 Sep 2017

Australia – Tasmania & Western Australia  NEW TOUR!
JHOZ | 23 Days | Details
Departure date: 02 Oct 2017

AU1 | 17 Days | Details
Departure date: 24 Oct 2017

Chris Tripodi has just been assigned to head back to the South Pacific this June; after that he’s all over the map!

Northern Italy
IT1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 06 May 2017 – ONE SPOT LEFT (Female to share)

The South Pacific
MCSP | 24 Days | Details
Departure date: 09 Jun 2017 – FIVE SPOTS LEFT

And Rachel Kristensen will be hot on Chris’s heels with a second June date of the same tour:

The South Pacific
MCSP | 24 Days | Details
Departure date: 16 Jun 2017 – FIVE SPOTS LEFT

Serra Hughes returns to her beloved Greek Isles this spring:

The Greek Islands
GI4 | 9 Days | Details
Departure date: 09 May 2017 – TWO SPOTS LEFT

Classical Greece
GC2 | 9 Days | Details
Departure date: 03 May 2017

Classical & Isles
GR7 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 03 May 2017 – TWO SPOTS LEFT

MG1 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 04 Oct 2017 – TWO SPOTS LEFT

Eastern / Central European specialist Ondrej Strejcek takes another swing through Poland, the Baltic States & Russia this May:

PL3 | 11 Days | Details
Departure date: 21 May 2017

Poland & the Baltics
PL5 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 21 May 2017

Poland, the Baltics & St Petersburg
PL9 | 23 Days | Details
Departure date: 21 May 2017

The Baltic States
BS1 | 9 Days | Details
Departure date: 31 May 2017

The Baltics & St Petersburg
BS2 | 13 Days | Details
Departure date: 31 May 2017

 Andres Fernandez

MO5 | 15 Days | Details
Departure date: 07 May 2017 – 3 SPOTS LEFT

Claude Morency, our West Africa veteran, takes us back to the region with a new itinerary that now includes the Gambia!

West Africa  NEW TOUR!
WF2 | 19 Days | Details
Departure date: 01 Nov 2017

Peter Barathan will be heading up our spring tour through the Microstates:

Microstates of Europe
MCMS | 20 Days | Details
Departure date: 10 Jun 2017


Martin Charlton just returned from leading our venerable Egypt & Jordan combo, an assignment that helped celebrate our 30th anniversary (and his 23rd with us), and returned Martin to one of his old stomping grounds where he led his very first tours for us in the late 1990’s. Upon his return we asked him to share his thoughts about the experience:

“For 14 days we toured the country from north to south, or from ‘Lower Egypt’ to ‘Upper Egypt’. The sights don’t get much more iconic than Abu Simbel, Karnak Temple or the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Having the chance to sail along the Nile and explore the ancient antiquities is always a dream come true for every traveller, but for each traveller in my group the true ‘highlight’ was often something different. For many the fondest memories will come from one of those unscripted moments, like capturing the smells wafting from a local bakery during an early morning stroll through a back-alley souk (market) in Aswan, or the smiles of the local women as we enjoyed a donkey ride through the small villages on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. We ventured to ancient monasteries by camel in Aswan, gazed at the extraordinarily beautiful new library of Alexandria, and sipped tea beneath the shadow of the minarets of the Al-Hussein Mosque at the Khan El-Khalili bazaar in Cairo. The number of memorable experiences is simply too long to list here, and picking a single favourite is next to impossible.

Since the start of the Arab Spring back in February 2011, times have been tough for the average Egyptian. In a country so dependent upon tourism (and the influx of foreign currency), it has been difficult to watch the population struggle to ‘hang on’ for the past few years. So, there was some comfort in the thought that perhaps my group of 17 travellers would bring a small glimmer of hope to those who wonder when the tourism numbers in Egypt will get back to normal. We all felt safe at every step along the way, and it really seemed as though there was no better time to be leading a group to the ‘Land of the Pharaohs’.

Egypt is a complicated yet fascinating country, and truly a destination that offers something for everyone. As a friend of mine in Alexandria once said, ‘You may not be able to travel back in time, but exploring Egypt is close enough.’”

Booking now for fall 2017 (leadership TBA):

EG3 | 14 Days | Details
Departure date: 29 Oct 2017

Egypt & Jordan
EG5 | 21 Days | Details
Departure date: 15 Oct 2017


All 2017 Egypt dates are discounted!


Next for Martin…

Portugal, the Azores & Madeira
MCPO | 18 Days | Details
Departure date: 18 Sep 2017 – WAIT LIST ONLY



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