Occasionally each year, we offer special touring opportunities to our readers, giving you a chance to travel somewhere together with other like-minded fellow Travel Insiders, and usually accompanied by Travel Insider David Rowell himself. Indeed, one of the best features of our touring is the great group of people you get to share the touring with – usually interesting and successful people, often but not always retired, and with plenty of past travel experiences.
Our group travel is quite unlike traditional group travel experiences. We keep the schedule’s flexibility as high as possible. For example, if weather changes, or if the group as a whole wish to substitute something for something else, then – if at all possible – we’ll adapt, adopt and improve to ensure the best experience for the group, based on the varying situation and circumstances as they unfold. If the schedule allows, of course we’ll add impromptu photo stops on request. And so on.
We also never over-fill the coaches we use. Typically our coaches are no more than two-thirds full, giving people who are traveling alone or who wish a double seat to themselves plenty of room to spread out, and meaning no-one has to suffer a bad seat (eg with a wheel well directly in front).
Where possible, we add some special extra features and experiences into our touring to further enhance your overall experience.
In the past we’ve had tours to many different parts of the world, ranging from Russia and China (and even North Korea) to Scotland’s Islands; from New Zealand to Turkey, and through much/most of western and eastern Europe.
In the future, who knows! If you have requests or suggestions, by all means let us know.
Here is the schedule of up-coming tours that we plan to operate.
|Front Sight, NV||March 2018||We occasionally offer this definitely different type of tour, with a two or four day training course at Front Sight and supplemented by a short classroom session conducted by David so as to allow for you to get a CCP/CWP in most jurisdictions.
From Thursday afternoon, 1 March, and ending either Saturday late afternoon or Monday late afternoon.
Available to join now.
|Amazing Kazakhstan Expedition||May 2018||For something completely different, here’s a tour to Kazakhstan, going places few westerners ever get to visit, including seeing the site of the original Soviet A-bomb test.
There’s an optional pre-tour in Ukraine, a couple of overnight train journeys, and a post tour that goes on to Kyrgyzstan, making for a fascinating journey through former Soviet states and observing the very different paths they’ve taken subsequently.
Timing allows for convenient connection on to the Grand Expedition of Great Britain in June.
Available to join now.
|Grand Expedition of Great Britain||June 2018||A new tour, our most extensive, and perhaps also our very best ever, taking you from one end of Britain (Land’s End in the southwest corner) all the way to the other (John O’Groats in the northeast tip), plus including lots of interesting stops along the way.
Tour now closed, full.
|New Zealand||October/ November 2018||A very popular tour of my home country of New Zealand, combining the best known highlights and some not so well-known and more quintessentially Kiwi experiences, and also spending a weekend at a wonderful food and wine festival in Hawke’s Bay.
The tour starts either in Queenstown or a few days later in Auckland, in late October and ends in Wellington just under two weeks later, in early November. An optional post-tour to Cairns, Australia, is also offered.
Available to join now.
|Christmas Markets ‘Cruise’||December 2018||Our popular Christmas Markets river cruise along the Rhine or Danube will be back again for 2018 – but in a very different form.
We’re calling it a ‘land cruise’, and we’ll go places the river boats can’t, while giving you a much better experience and value, too. Instead of a week on a river cruise ship, we’re going to spend a week in Lille, France, with daily excursions to lovely towns and villages in Northern France and Belgium, and an optional extension on to Luxembourg, Switzerland, and even Lichtenstein if you wish, too.
This will be from 8 December (or earlier for the pre-tour) for 7 – 12 days.
Details to follow in mid February.
|Ireland||May 2019||Our first ever tour to Ireland, and featuring a comprehensive tour of both the Republic of Ireland and also Northern Ireland (part of the UK).
The basic tour will be about ten days in duration, in May.
It starts in Dublin and ends in Belfast (or optionally in Dublin). A pre-tour option provides an introduction to Dublin for first time visitors to Ireland, and a post-tour program adds time in Belfast and then a special bonus – a two night visit to the Isle of Man.
Details will be released in February 2018.
|Grand Expedition of Great Britain||June 2019||After filling our 2018 Grand Expedition, we will repeat this ‘incredible journey’ again in 2019.
This is our most extensive, and perhaps also our very best ever, tour of Britain, taking you through England, Wales and Scotland, from one end of Britain (Land’s End in the southwest corner) all the way to the other (John O’Groats in the northeast tip), plus including lots of interesting stops along the way.
Available to join now
|Christmas Markets||December 2019||Details to be advised probably late 2018.|