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Travel Companions Club was launched following feedback from many of our past and current travellers who appreciate the Innovative style, in-depth local connections and resources and who wish to further explore the world with 'peace of mind'. Travel Companions Club (TCC) welcomes solo travellers, friends and couples. Please see below for current Travel Companions Club tours.

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Captivating India Women Only Tour
Hosted by Colleen Doyle
21 Days ex Christchurch
Departs: Friday 04 October 2024
Join experienced tour host Colleen Doyle on this wonderful Women Only, hosted tour through India. Capture many memorable and exciting moments, including the royal cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra where you’ll discover opulent Maharajah’s palaces, the glories of the Raj, the wondrous Taj Mahal, and many other amazing sites before venturing into Southern India to experience the best of this region.
Accompanied by Colleen, you will embark on a rich journey of discovery including textiles, fashion, Women’s initiatives, the art of the Saree, and a local cooking lesson. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture with activities such as watching a Bollywood movie, visiting a tea plantation, discovering local artwork, plus much more, all under the charming company of our professional Northen and Southern Indian female guides. Be ready to be spoilt on your last night in Delhi staying at the luxurious Imperial Hotel and dining at the renowned 1911 Restaurant.


Some of the many highlights include:

  • Bustling atmosphere of Old Delhi’s narrow streets
  • Rickshaw adventure through the vibrant streets of Chandani Chowk in Old Delhi
  • Henna painting and rickshaw ride in Jaipur
  • The majestic beauty of the Taj Mahal
  • A thrilling jeep ride to the ramparts of Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Watch a Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir Cinema, India’s most iconic film venue
  • Discover the enchanting "Blue City" of Jodhpur on a guided walking tour
  • Visit special initiatives supporting local women
  • Private boat ride across scenic Lake Pichola
  • Savour a traditional Indian lunch at the renowned Best Exotic Marigold hotel location
  • Attend a Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin and Kalaripayattu Martial Arts Show in Munnnar
  • Relax at Abad Whispering Palms Resort, Kumarakom on the banks of pristine Vembanad Lake. Experience an Ayurveda massage at Revival Ayurvedic Spa

NEW Tour departure March 2023: Tasmania

We have planned our next Travel Companions journey. Now is the time to seize the opportunity and travel to Tasmania in March 2023, on a special tour hosted by Colleen Doyle.

Tasmania is a wonderful island, with many wonderful tour experiences. So pop March 2023 into your diary and get ready to explore with the Travel Companions Club. Robyn and Colleen are both soon off to explore a few corners of the World, more information will be available in a few weeks.  

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09 June 2023

Ancient Egypt and Jordan - 19 Days ex Cairo

A fully hosted tour ex Cairo with experienced tour host, Colleen Doyle.

All participants will be met inside immigration at Cairo Airport and assisted with your Egyptian visa, available on arrival, before transferring to a special Pyramids location hotel.

On your first stay in Cairo at this amazing location, you will visit the great Pyramids, Memphis and Sakkara. Then fly to Upper Egypt for a special Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan. After experience overnight in Aswan before returning to Cairo. More highlights in Egypt include a visit to the magnificent Sphinx, High Tea at the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. Continue to Jordan for 3 nights in the amazing red rose city of Petra and many other highlights.

Option to depart after your Jordan tour, or continue to Israel/Holyland or Turkey

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Thursday 11 June 2020
Special Mediterranean themed dinner at the 5 star Classic Villa boutique hotel on Worcester Street Christchurch

Christchurch Travel companions relished a special night out with fellow Companions at the 5 star Classic Villa boutique hotel, in Worcester Street.

A Mediterranean themed dinner combining the best of incredible dishes from Turkey & Greece, prepared by super chef, Alison Merchant who is based back in Canterbury after an international career. The evening also included a sample of incredible new tonics, produced here in Canterbury, (accompanied by gin of course), in an exclusive tasting, by the Tonic Merchant.

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Hosted Oberammergau Tour & Cruise
Departs Budapest, cruise concludes in Munich

You are invited to register your interest to join our special European cruise/tour including the Oberammergau Passion play, in 2020.

On Monday 24th August, arrive into Budapest by 3pm. You will be transferred to our centrally located hotel. This evening meet your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail function and canapes. Over the next couple of days, explore Budapest including local markets and museums, with a special feature dinner.

On 26 August embark our CroisiEurope special 6 day cruise from Budapest to Passau. Highlights include stops at Bratislava, Vienna, Melk and Passau. Europe is built along the rivers, so our cruise ship will be a great base to explore the historic old quarters and surrounding countryside. Our all-inclusive option on board, includes all sightseeing, beautifully served cuisine with table service for lunch and dinner, with a choice of local wine, beer or juice with meals. During our cruise, we can relax amidst convivial surroundings, with CroisiEurope’s open bar policy, which offers a wonderful selection of local wines, beer, cocktails, aperitifs, spirits, juice and soft drinks.

On Monday 31st August we will depart the ship and transfer to the Oberammergau region where we are reserved for two nights. On Tuesday 1st September, you will be seated in the best orchestra seating area, to view the live spectacle of this historic Oberammergau Passion Play. Wednesday 2nd, we will transfer to Munich for an overnight and a special dinner to farewell our fellow travellers.

Highlights from an incredible Russian adventure - The Travel Companions Club Trans Mongolian Rail Journey 2019

Hosted Tour
May/June 2019: Trans Mongolian Rail Journey

13 fantastic adventurers joined tour host Colleen Doyle on an incredible Russian adventure on the Trans-Siberian train this year. Travelling across Russia, Mongolia and Siberia, the Travel Companions Club made lifelong memories and friends along the way. Take a look at the fabulous photos from their tour by scrolling through right.

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