It’s ok to be a solo traveller.

Almost a third of people who join Travelrite Tours do so alone. There may be a host of reasons including the loss of a partner, but the most prevailing one is simply that many solo travellers have partners who do not share their interest or passion. Travelrite Tours provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and travel with like-minded people, sharing unforgettable experiences and exploring fascinating destinations.

Our quilting and garden tours are joined mostly by women dedicated to their craft or garden and are led by an expert in the field who shares knowledge, and introduces the group to places and people they might not have otherwise met. We also have a range of Senior cruises to destinations such as Antarctica, the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea including an unforgettable visit to St Petersburg, Japan and many more.

Each Tour is managed by a dedicated Tour Manager who will escort the group and look after all the members in the group, facilitating wonderful ways to meet and get to know each other. Each Tour begins with Welcome Drinks, and meals are enjoyed as a group. Evening meals usually start with a pre-dinner drink, and there are opportunities to engage in group activities organised by the Tour Manager such as Trivial Pursuit, as well as all the fantastic special interest items on the Itinerary.

There may be bucket list items you have always wanted to achieve or experience, such as:

  • Have lunch at the Eiffel Tower, or dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge
  • See the groundbreaking new gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show
  • Enjoy the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Travel on the iconic Orient Express
  • Soak up the excitement of the Monaco Grand Prix
  • Travel from New York to London onboard the sumptuous Queen Mary 2
  • Attend the British Open and play golf at the world’s best golf Courses
  • Learn to paint from a World renowned artist

Jill Mansfield recently lost her husband – the celebrated radio host Bruce Mansfield. They were going to travel on a group cruise together before he passed away. She decided to travel with her cousin on a cruise around Scotland and the UK hosted by Glenn A Baker.

“There were sad times and there were very happy times” she said. “I had wonderful health and came back feeling really well.”

Her trip took her back to where she grew up as a child in Aberdeen, Scotland. She visited Loch Lomond where she had enjoyed her first swim as a child.

The highlight of tour was “going to a little place in France called Honfleur. It was a beautiful little fishing village. I tried mussels for the first time – it is the most exquisite little town – I’d love to go back there”

Jill enjoyed meeting new people “There were some lovely people on the trip”

Travelrite offers flexibility with room and cabin arrangements too. You can either have a room to yourself, or be matched with someone of a similar age in a double room to reduce costs.

Many people make friendships for life on a Travelrite Tour. It is a great opportunity to meet people from all places and walks of life to explore new destinations and uncover knowledge and experiences about your passion or interest.

Please contact us and have a chat with one of our friendly consultants on 1800 630 343.

Malcolm Carver Interview

Malcolm Carver Interview

What inspired you to get into architecture?

As a school student I was in total awe of the design for the Sydney Opera House. This exceptional breakaway concept from traditional buildings, caught my imagination and began the inspiration for a lifetime pursuit in contemporary architecture with respect to the past. I am still in awe some 50 odd years later and I am proud that my former architectural practice is now doing significant refurbishment to the Opera House with new and upgraded facilities over the past three years

You love the interplay of light and architecture. What are some of your favourite aspects of this? Time of day? Angles?

My fascination with architecture is only matched by an absolute passion for sketching and painting the light. With an eye for simplification of detail and an obsession with light, I draw and paint constantly in sketchbooks whilst travelling the world for inspiration and pleasure. Some buildings are art, so those which successfully handle  the joy and drama of light become the favourites. This are not just contemporary buildings but also historic classical favourites like the Pantheon in Rome. Its all about light.

Could you name your favourite architects and what you love about them?

Favourites are not just the current day ‘starchitects’ Many classical legendary architects like Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) in the design of the Florence Cathedral are favourites. There are over 100 favourites in my contemporary world. The scale today of major projects requires more than a single person to conceive, create, document and deliver. Most big ‘names’ today are figureheads or leaders of large practices so the name is a ‘brand’ and more important than the individual. An example of a contemporary architect today, is like Britain’s Lord Norman Foster, perhaps the most prolific international architect in the world with up to 1000 employees, many of those are acknowledged as being part of a team are listed in alphabetical order in the published credit list for each project as is Foster himself.

What do you enjoy discovering when exploring a new building or space?

Each grand architecture tour is unique. There will always be the absolute favourites like Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’ but each tour incorporates very recent work that is included for the very first time. There is always excitement in sharing the well known classics with guests as well as discovering recent works is equally a thrill. The success of contemporary work can also be considered in context with its location, respect for heritage as well as innovation in current technology. Inclusion of new works is also reinvigorating traditional tours that encourages a high percentage of guests to return again on our pilgrimages.

What can our travellers expect on the upcoming European and American tours?

Our next tour to the eastern side of Europe will again revisit the great classical cities for the first time since 2007 mostly in Prague Austria Italy and Greece. Whilst we have included classical historical buildings, the primary focus has been to follow a path of recent and iconic modern and contemporary buildings. Classical cities also require new infrastructure, new buildings, new uses for old buildings and essentially new contemporary facilities dovetailed into the historic fabric. Its not about ‘look at me’ buildings that can show disrespect to neighbours. The USA tours have also been upgraded to cater for different expectations and guestr feedback from our past traditional tours. Our first tour in 2017 will reach beyond Chicago to focus on the eastern seaboard states reaching down to Mexico enabling a leap for some to extend their tour into Cuba. Our second USA tour in October is more the much favoured trail following the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

What are your favourite things to do when touring?

Introducing the buildings to guests for their appreciation, sharing the background stories, enjoying the company morning noon and night over great meals with like minded people who more often are just lovers of great architecture and not necessarily architects. My appreciation is also to record those moments and absorb the building revisited or newly discovered through sketching along the way. Mostly fun and lots of laughs. The WOW factors are a gauge to the best moments. The path we travel may follow the architecture but the special unexpected moments can be the most memorable aspects of travel.

What were the highlights from the last tour you hosted with Travelrite International?

Our last tour in 2015 was to Europe starting in Finland, following the work of Alvar Aalto down to Berlin and Switzerland across France to Bilbao for Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum with great highlights of Foster’s Bridge along the way. We finished in France on Bastille Day and thoroughly enjoyed Paris in the last few days. The particular highlights were Jean Nouvel’s Cultural Centre in Lucerne and Fosters Reichstag Parliament Building in Berlin. Aalto’s work was so inspiring that we will return in 2018 with an extensive tour of all the Scandinavian countries as well as contemporary architecture in Britain.

What do you love about travelling?

The planning, the constant research, the discovery of new gems, particularly the buildings with high wow factors, sharing the travels with like minded wonderful people who all contribute, in every which-way, to memorable moments that last forever. None of this would be possible without the support, backup, management and exceptional organisational skills from my dear friend Jim Webber and all at Travelrite. In brief, a great sense of fun and pleasure.

For more details about Architecture Tours with Malcolm Carver please contact Travelrite International on 1800 630 343 or view the Tour Information our website.

Malcolm Carver Tour


Deryn Thorpe Interview

Interview with Deryn Thorpe

What inspired you to get into gardening?

I started gardening in a big way after my husband and I bought our first house about 30 years ago. At first I just wanted a beautiful garden with lots of flowers but later I became obsessed with design and plants and studied horticulture to get more skills.

What can our travellers expect on the upcoming tours?

I am a passionate gardener and love looking at new gardens and discussing with our tour group about the plant selections and the design. Sometimes we discuss what we would do if we were the head gardeners! We’ve had some very constructive conversations about taking out trees to expose views and using more subtle perennials instead of garish annuals. I enjoy discussing these things as a group as we all have something to contribute and learn, me included!

My next tour is a cruise to Canada and the US in their fall where we are going to see some amazing autumn colour!

In March, 2017 I take my yearly tour to Ballarat and the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show where I have handpicked some of Victoria’s very best private gardens to share with the group.

In May 2017 we see some of England’s traditional cottage-style gardens (and I think that the English are probably the world’s best gardeners) before visiting the Chelsea Garden show and finishing with a luxurious 12 night cruise that takes in grand gardens in the Baltic, including St Petersberg in Russia.

New Zealand’s wonderful volcanic soil and mild climate helps create some of the best gardens in the world and we will see some spectacular gardens on a cruise starting in Sydney on October 30 2017 which sails around New Zealand.

What are your favourite things to do when touring and while cruising?

Well, like everyone I totally love being spoilt when cruising and enjoy getting dressed up for the five star meals and onboard entertainment. Meeting up with the tour group each evening for dinner is also a highlight as there is nothing nicer than getting to know some new people over a special occasion meal and a glass of wine.

When touring I love the sense of adventure as we often get to explore new sites and experiences together. After we have seen something wonderful or been on a great tour of a historical city with one of Travelrite’s local guides I love the way we are all talking excitedly on the coach, or at dinner, about what a great day we have had. We usually try to rank the experiences and it is great the way that different aspects of our trip are highlights for different tour members.

What aspects of your gardening do you find the most challenging, and the most satisfying?

This year I am opening my home garden to the public so it’s challenging trying to get everything perfect for one week in October. I live in Perth, which has the least fertile soils in the world, so the most backbreaking aspect is continually improving the sandy soil with compost and clay. Spending a day or two perched on ladders pruning the climbing roses also gives my muscles a good work out!

While I always want to achieve a ‘pleasing display’ the real satisfaction is being able to share my garden and its produce with others.

What do you love about travelling?

The sense of adventure! Meeting new people! Having something to look forward to and creating some amazing memories!

Could you name your favourite gardens around the world?

Cloudehill – Melbourne, Australia; Ninfa – Lazio, Italy; Villa Melzi – Bellagio, Italy; Monet’s Garden – Paris, France; Ayrlies -Auckland, New Zealand; Great Dixter – East Sussex, England; Longwood, Philadelphia, USA

What were the highlights from the last tour you hosted with Travelrite International?

  1. Visiting romantic Ninfa garden, set in the ruins of a small medieval town. An informal, organic garden which has been created so it looks wild and uncultivated. It is very artistic with old roses scrambling up stone towers, crystal clear streams and a kilometre of flowering lavender borders. Outstanding!
  2. I loved our day with our local guide Roberta touring Rome. The whole city is a museum! Roberta skilfully used our coach to ferry us around town so we managed to visit most of the important sites without getting too weary and her commentary brought the city to life.
  3. Italian food – especially home made pasta and artisan gelato. I enjoy a pre dinner glass of sparkling prosecco but it tastes best sitting with friends admiring the Bay of Naples from the rooftop bar of our Sorrento hotel.
  4. Chelsea Flower Show!!! I’ve been three times but it is always THE highlight!

To find out more about the Garden Tours Deryn Thorpe is leading please click on the Tour Images below.

The group beside a fountain in Villa d'Este in Tivoli
The group beside a fountain in Villa d’Este in Tivoli



Travelrite International School Tours

Travelrite International School Tours

Travelrite International School Tours works with teachers across Melbourne to assist with planning, coordinating and managing the entire school trip process, enabling more schools to consider an educational school trip experience for their students. Our knowledgeable team will ensure a once-in-a-lifetime trip and work with you to comprehensively cater to all learning objectives.

Benefits of a school tour

  • There is no substitute for real experience in the wider world. School trips provide a great opportunity for students to gain such experience and face a range of challenges that can contribute significantly to their personal development.
  • School trips are one of the things school students look forward to during their school life and the experiences and memories from them are extremely valuable.
  • Enhance learning and student/teacher relationships. The attitude towards learning improves, and students become more confident, capable learners in the classroom. 60% of teachers observe an improvement in their student’s performance in the classroom on return to school.
  • Encourages social and personal development – group activities can develop self-confidence and improve a student’s personal, social and emotional development.

Why Travelrite International School Tours?

Travelrite International School Tours have been working with schools for 10 years to facilitate informative and inspiring school tours around the world. Our experienced team can create customised educational travel

itineraries for your school. All packages are fully inclusive with flights, accommodation, activities and so much more. We have worked with Scotch College, Tintern Grammar, MLC, PLC and Vermont Secondary School on various school tours to Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland and within Australia.

Travelrite School Tours provides an unsurpassed level of support to teachers. From the concept to completion of your school tour, your dedicated school travel consultant will work with you to ensure a memorable and safe experience for your students, parents, and teachers. There is a high level of communication required in order to successfully plan an international trip and our team will ensure the planning is on track to deliver an exceptional school trip.

Our favourite school tours…

International Sports Tour

Improve team building skills playing fixtures against local schools and club teams. Develop interpersonal skills and positive sportsmanship interacting with local host students and experience local culture.

School Tours Sport

ANZAC/History Tours

A trip that will encourage students to reflect with gratitude on the sacrifices made on European soil by their ancestors. Spread across Turkey and France, students will have the opportunity to visit significant memorial sights and battlefields.

School Tours Anzac

Music Tours

We have arranged successful orchestra, choir and pipes and drums school tours around the world. We will create a quality tour tailored to your school’s requirements and will work closely with you to ensure the tour meets the curriculum requirements.

School Tours Music

New Zealand Geography

Explore a variety of New Zealand’s geographical landforms across the scenic south and north islands.

School Tours New Zealand

Art Tours

We have organised several tours to art galleries around Australia, including MONA in Hobart and the National Art Gallery in Canberra.

School Tours Art

For more information Contact:

Helen Leris
School Tours Consultant
03 9836 2522

Michelle Marvig Interview

Michelle Marvig

Interview with Michelle Marvig – Travelrite International Tour Leader

What inspired you to get into patchwork and quilting?

I had always been happy stitching garments and toys. But in 1991 my parents and I opened a shop in Mudgee, NSW, and incorporated patchwork fabric. It did not sell well, as we had no samples made from the fabrics. I did not live in Mudgee, but worked from home with two small children making garment samples, cushion and toys for the shop. So I went along to my local store to learn how to make a Log Cabin quilt to sell the fabrics that we had in the shop. And I was hooked from the very first quilt top. It was made by a sewing machine and I loved all the gadgets, the rotary cutter, rulers and mats that made life so much faster and easier than working by hand. That was 25 years ago and hundreds of quilts later, I still can’t stitch fast enough to make everything in my manic brain.

What can our travellers expect on the upcoming tours?

Fun and friendship from like-minded quilters. We always explore the tourist highlights of a location, plus the quilt or textile highlight of an area, and just a little bit of shopping (understatement)! I travel with luggage scales to help us distribute weight before our flights.

Depending on the tour we will visit quilt museums, quilt shows, quilt shops, visit stunning locations and eat at fabulous places. I also include two stitching projects in every tour that we do. The first is a smaller project on the land tours that the customers can keep as a monento. I provide all the fabric, etc that they need. The passengers just need to bring needles, threads and pins. The second is an embroidery design block for them to stitch, pertinent to location of the tour. At the end of the tour we collect the blocks from those that wish to participate and hold a “Block Lotto”at the farewell dinner. The stitchery block has now become a very competitive challenge to some of our girls, and it is a lot of fun to see the end results.

What are your favourite things to do when touring and while cruising?

When Travelrite asked me about doing a cruise, I honestly did not know how I would go, but have to say I love them! Cruising allows us to unpack once and explore the different destinations, while sewing in between. The Craft Fair at Sea gives us the ability to use sewing machines in one workshop, so we can get more done. But once class has finished you have so many different areas on the ship to meet up with the girls and sit and stitch, or coffee and cake outside of class times. And the live shows at night are fabulous.

Regardless of which type of tour we are doing, we always visit quilt or textile shops. My favourite thing is to help the customers pick fabrics and projects, maybe pushing them outside their normal comfort zone of choices. And, as I type this, I realise that I also love the teaching aspect of the tours. The first Inside Passage of Alaska Cruise that we did I taught American Hand Piecing with templates, and using a circular block. Most people had not completed anything using this technique, or this complicated, but it started new love affairs for a different style of stitching.

What aspects of your craft do you find the most challenging, and the most satisfying?

The most satisfying is definitely the teaching and being part of the whole process of making a quilt from purchasing the fabric to end product. Margaret from WA came along on one of our tours to Europe armed with a pattern that she wanted to make. She found a vintage toile in the flea markets in Paris, and we picked up other fabrics as travelled, but especially at the Birmingham Quilt Show. Margaret has finished the quilt and sent photos and loves it, as do I . The quilt has so many memories of our trip.

The most challenging would be when making luggage weight for flights!!!!!!!!!! Quilters are shoppers.

What do you love about travelling?

Exploring new destinations, new food and making new friends. We found the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle by accident and it was fabulous! One year we stayed in Colmar, France and the hotel had a Michelin Star restaurant on site – wow! The memories made in each destination are richer for sharing with fellow quilters. You never know what unexpected pleasures we will encounter.

What were the highlights from the last tours you led with Travelrite International?

I have been busy and lead three tour in the last 6 months. Our tour to Houston last October went via Canada, which was stunning . It was my first time in Canada and High Tea at Lake Louise was icing on the cake. All of Canada was beautiful, but Banff and Lake Louise were special. We saw a bear and fox from the bus while were driving around. I never tire of seeing the biggest quilt show in the world, Houston. The variety of quilts on display, the vintage quilts available for purchase and the show and tell back the hotel at the end of the day is fantastic.

I also lead a tour to Japan in November. It is autumn at this time and the colour of the leaves at the Hida Village, Takayama and the garden at Kanazawa were stunning. Inspirational colour and texture for future projects. But a highlight of this tour would have been sitting on the floor in a small, traditional restaurant in Takayama eating Hida Beef cooked on a magnolia leaf on a small BBQ burner at the table. Very traditional, very tasty and lots of fun. This travel thing is not good for my waistline. And it is the unexpected experiences that enrich the whole tour. Like the hexagon lessons on a Shinkansen fast train between cities in Japan!

Michelle Marvig is leading 3 Patchwork and Quilting Tours for Travelrite International in 2016 and 2017. For full details click on the links below.

Craft Fair at Sea to New Zealand with Michelle Marvig

Craft Fair at Sea to New Zealand with Michelle Marvig Tour Details

2016 Quilting Tour to the USA with Michelle Marvig

2016 Quilting Tour to the USA with Michelle Marvig

Quilting Cruise & Tour of Europe with Michelle Marvig

Quilting Cruise & Tour of Europe with Michelle Marvig

UNIQUE Gourmet Cruises and Tours 2016

Travelrite International invites you to join them on one of their unique European Food & Wine Tours in 2016. Enjoy rich experiences in history, food, wine and lifestyle. Dine in Michelin Starred Restaurants. See fresh produce and fascinating gourmet producers. Learn the tricks in making real gelato!


Gourmet Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Lyndey Milan


Lyndey Milan OAM, Australian home-cook hero and a familiar face on television and in print, will lead this unique Gourmet Tour, giving cooking demonstrations and introducing us to some of the Mediterranean’s most interesting markets, specialty food shops and restaurants. The “Gourmet Mediterranean” cruise includes sightseeing tours in the ports of call

Your host Lyndey Milan

Lyndey Milan, Australian home-cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz. A familiar face on television and in print, she has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine during thirty years.

“Hospitality of the table” is her catchphrase, evidenced in her numerous television appearances, best-selling books and at countless culinary events over the years, as she maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine. She has hosted seven television series, including Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece and is a regular guest on morning television. During her years on Fresh on the Nine Network, she hosted visiting chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsay.

She travels regularly and has an extensive knowledge of Mediterranean food and wine. Lyndey is the host of Fresh with Lyndey Milan on the Lunchtime Lowdown on radio 2UE on Thursdays 2 – 3pm. Her friendly personality make her the ideal person to lead the Gourmet Eastern Mediterranean Cruise. She is looking forward to meeting you.

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the meandering laneways and bridges of magical Venice
  • 700-year-old Rialto market of Venice
  • The famous resort town of Taormina, spectacularly located on a 200 metre-high rocky outcrop, with views to Mt Etna
  • Taste the local limoncello and see how it is produced in Sorrento. Learn the tricks in making real gelato.
  • Visit one of the best vineyards outside of Orvieto for wine tasting and an included celebration lunch.
  • Cooking demonstrations by Lyndey Milan
  • Villa Carlotta, known for its beautiful setting and spectacular gardens
  • Take a boat to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands.
  • Visit local food producers around the Italian Lakes


Gabriel Gate Tour De France

Gabriel Gate Gourmet Tour De France

SEPTEMBER 3 TO 22, 2016

The Gabriel Gate Gourmet Tour will visit some the most interesting areas for gourmet food and wine in France visiting Paris, Loire Valley, Burgundy, French Alps and Provence. Included are special meals at fabulous French restaurants specially selected by Gabriel Gate. The tour is run at a relaxing pace with three and four night stays. We do not try and do too much each day so that you can savour and really enjoy these regions of France. We do not have early starts to the day so you are not rushed. There is also plenty of free time so you can explore or just relax!

Your host Gabriel Gaté

Gabriel Gaté is probably the most popular French chef in Australia. Gabriel was born in the Loire Valley of France. After working at some of the finest restaurants in his homeland, he came to Australia in 1977 with his Melbourne-born wife, Angie. Gabriel is the author of 23 cookbooks, including French Cuisine for Australians, and is the popular presenter of cookery programmes on television and radio.In the mid nineties Gabriel and his family spent almost a year and a half in Aix-en-Provence. This tour will be the ninth in which Gabriel has led an Australian group to France, including the successful Tour de France in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 which everyone enjoyed immensely.

Tour Highlights:

  • Continental breakfasts daily, five lunches, five dinners and one picnic selected by Gabriel Gaté
  • Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, drive along the Champs-Élysées, the Seine, visit Notre Dame and other major sights of Paris
  • Dine at La Grande Cascade
  • Shop at great Parisian markets
  • Château de Chenonceau, spanning the River Cher, which reflects its unique beauty
  • Château du Clos Lucé – residence of Leonardo da Vinci between 1516 and 1519
  • Sample some fine Burgundy wines
  • Annecy, a picturesque town on the shores of a spectacular lake on the edge of the French Alpine region.
  • An alfresco lunch at the home of one of Gabriel’s friend’s restaurants
  • Visit one of the most beautiful villages of Provence and have lunch in a stunning local restaurant.


Mary Valle Tour

Gourmet Tour of Greece with Mary Valle


The fully escorted Gourmet Tour of Greece will be a wonderful food and wine experience. Tour members can meet the locals and experience each region’s history, food, wine and lifestyle. Mary is an engaging and knowledgeable tour leader who will ensure you get the most out of this holiday. Visiting Athens, Chania, Santorini, Mykonos and Ikaria. Includes visiting the Blue Zone island of Ikaria, which has one of the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world! We hope that you can join us!

Your host Mary Valle

Born to Greek parents, Mary grew up surrounded by tradition and great food. Mary’s love of travel, rich Greek heritage and great skill in the kitchen have seen this Melbourne-based cook become one of Australia’s most respected authorities on Mediterranean cuisine. Mary often spends time in her family’s home in Greece and nearby Mediterranean countries, where she learns new techniques and recipes to introduce to her kitchen.She teaches Mediterraneanstyle cooking in Melbourne, sharing her passion and love for food with others. She is the author of the best-selling cookery books, My Greek Kitchen, My Mediterranean Kitchen and Everyday Mediterranean, and contributes to magazines regularly. In addition to this, Mary runs culinary tours around Greece. She lives with her family in Melbourne.

Tour Highlights:

  • Continental breakfasts daily, five lunches, one picnic and four dinners selected by Mary Valle
  • Sightseeing tour of Athens and see many of the world-famous sites
  • Travel to the majestic site of the Acropolis
  • Dine at a seaside restaurant and enjoy the outstanding views of the Aegean Sea
  • Explore the beautiful Venetian harbour
  • A traditional Cretan dinner with live music
  • Ferry trip to Santorini and sample some delicious, simple, fresh local delicacies
  • Enjoy a seafood lunch at a local tavern in Ammoudi Bay
  • Ikaria – A Blue Zone region of the world, with one of the globe’s highest concentration of centenarians
  • A cooking class at the cooking school in Ikaria
  • Enjoy a cheese-making class
  • Meet an Ikarian bee-keeper to understand the background of honey-making


Peter Simic Wine Tour

The Best of Italy Food and Wine Tour with Peter Simic


The 2016 Best of Italy Wine & Food Tour will be a fantastic opportunity to travel with Peter Simic and visit some of his favourite vineyards in Italy. The tour will visit the most interesting areas for gourmet food and wine in Italy. Outstanding locations – visits to Rome, Tuscany (Siena & Florence), Emilia-Romagna (Bologna & Parma), Piedmont (Alba) and Milan, plus Cinque Terre (Portofino).

Your host Peter Simic

Peter Simic, your tour guide, is an ideal host for this trip. With a background in publishing and wine education over 30 years his wine knowledge is vast. In addition to being the founding editor/ publisher of Winestate Magazine, Peter was formerly the founding publisher of Wine & Spirit (US), Manager of the SA Wine Information Bureau, and wine educator with SA Regency College. He is also a regular wine commentator in newspapers and on radio and television.

Tour Highlights:

  • Return economy-class air travel from east coast Australian capitals to Rome and return from Milan. Please call for other departure cities. Passengers will be able to extend their stay in Europe at no extra airfare.
  • Accommodation in four-star hotels with private facilities. Hotel taxes and service charges.
  • A full continental breakfast daily and four special celebration lunches or dinners with outstanding food and wine.
  • Entry, tasting fees and special services at vineyards in each of the regions visited. Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Tour leadership by Peter Simic, editor/publisher of Winestate magazine.


South America Cultural Tour 2016

It is with pleasure that we introduce this tour to our numerous previous travellers and those who have yet to experience the unique and exciting world of cultural touring designed to blend an informative, cultural education with fascinating travel. Come and join us in this cauldron of intoxicating rhythms that cast mystical spells over all who have the goodfortune to visit.


Highlights include:

  • Taking the cog-train to the spectacular Christ the Redeemer statue and cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Exploring the unbelievably mysterious and powerful Machu Picchu ruins
  • Riding the funicular to the spectacular Cerro San Cristobal
  • Experiencing the famous Uros Floating Island Tour and have a delicious lunch on Taquile Island
  • Touring the Sacred Valley and Peruvian temples and villages
  • Visiting the Iguazu Bird Park and be photographed with the famously tame Toucans
  • Taking an optional helicopter ride over the breathtaking Iguazu Falls on the Extension Tour
  • Visiting a Peruvian family in their home and chat about their lifestyle and culture
  • Attending a talk on South America and chat about aspects of your tour with a resident expert
  • Continuing on with your own travels when the tour finishes in Rio de Janeiro, if you wish

Cultural Tour Toucans

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Your host for this fabulous Tour is Peter Rowe

Peter is a practising artist having had four solo exhibitions and over 35 group exhibitions. He has been managing a diversity of international tours over two decades and has toured in excess of 55 countries. Peter has formal TAFE teacher training qualifications and over three decades of experience in Art Departments as a lecturer and manager. He completed both graduate and post graduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts. He has a passion for international travel, the arts and exploring new cultures with groups in a relaxed, friendly and informative manner.

Optional Iguazu & Rio Extension Tour

Join us for a wonderful Tour of the spectacular Iguana Falls and Rio from 28th November – 4th December 2015. This tour follows immediately after the completion of the South America Cultural Tour.

Cultural Tour Iguazu Falls

For more details visit our website or contact us on 1800 033 436


Unique European Food & Wine Tours in 2015

Travelrite International invites you to join them on one of their unique European Food & Wine Tours in 2015.

Hosted by Lyndey Milan

September 7 to 26, 2015

Join Australian home-cook hero, TV presenter & author Lyndey Milan on an incredible journey through the unique culinary and visual delights of the Mediterranean. From the bustling food markets of Rome to limoncello & gelato tasting in Sorrento to a private cooking demonstration in an historic Tuscan castle, this Mediterranean sojourn is a degustation feast for the senses. Dine at authentic local restaurants, sample the wine at spectacular vineyards, shop in local specialty shops and colourful delicatessens and consolidate your newly-awakened palette with cooking demonstrations at sea during your luxury Mediterranean cruise. This package includes return international economy air travel to Rome, 10-night cruise aboard Celebrity Reflection, 3 nights in Rome, 4 nights in Tuscany and sightseeing tours of Rome, Taormina, Ephesus, Santorini, Rhodes, Athens, the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany.

For more details, click HERE or call Travelrite International on 1800 630 343. 


Hosted by Gabriel Gaté
September 7 to 25, 2015

Popular French chef, author and presenter, Gabrielle Gaté, invites you to join him on a gourmet tour of France. From the street markets of Paris to the Champagne houses of Reims, Gabrielle will lead you on a unique 19-day round trip of his homeland, with unforgettable visits to Paris, Champagne, Alsace, Lyon and the French Riviera. Highlights include a cooking class in Lyon, a visit to Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, Gabriel’s favourite covered market in France, lunch in a beautiful local restaurant in the Provençal countryside and the breathtaking vistas of the French Riviera. This package includes return economy flights to France, accommodation in carefully selected centrally located hotels in Paris, Reims, Colmar, Lyon and Nice, daily breakfast, four lunches, one gourmet picnic & five dinners in restaurants specially selected by Gabriel.

For more details, click HERE or call Travelrite International on 1800 630 343.


Hosted by Peter Simic

September 12 to 29, 2015

Enjoy two and a half wonderful weeks with Peter Simic, Editor & Publisher of Winestate magazine, exploring the best of the French wine regions. Visit vineyards rarely open to the public, sample special vintages and meet the people responsible for the skillful production of these beautiful wines. It will be a unique opportunity to meet the personalities behind the wines, expand your knowledge of the industry and soak in the spectacular French countryside. This package includes return international economy air travel to Paris, flight from Bordeaux to Paris, accommodation in four and five-star hotels with breakfast and visits to Champagne, Burgundy, Dijon, Lyon, the Rhone Valley, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux.

For more details, click HERE or call Travelrite International on 1800 630 343. 


Unforgettable Travel Experiences On The World’s Greatest Railway Journeys in 2015!

Hosted by Sandra and Neville Walliss
September 23 – October 14, 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime travel experience from Beijing to Moscow through China, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Russia, visiting Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Almaty, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, Ashgabat, Khiva and Volgograd.

Undisputedly one of the world’s great railway journeys, the Silk Road tour takes us from Beijing to Moscow, travelling along one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilization. We will be following in the footsteps of legendary figures, Alexander the Great and Marco Polo. For centuries merchants and adventurers journeyed to and from China through some of the most testing landscapes in the world, to trade silk, spices and perfumes. These ancient highways stretched more than 6000kms and collectively, they became known as “The Silk Road.”

For more details, click HERE or call Travelrite International on 1800 630 343. 


Hosted by Barry Jones AC
September 14 to October 4, 2015

An amazing trip by private train from the ancient land of Persia to the shores of the Bosphorus, arriving finally by the banks of the Danube. This unique trip takes in destinations rarely experienced by Western visitors on a completely enthralling journey. In Iran, see the capital Tehran, the historical city of Isfahan and the ancient city of Persepolis, before we travel through Turkey to Istanbul and then through Bulgaria and Romania to Hungary and Budapest. Visiting World Heritage Sites and Dubai; Tehran, Mahan, Kerman, Shiraz, Persepolis, Isfahan, Zanjan in Iran; Lake Van, Akdamar Island, Van, Cappadocia, Istanbul in Turkey; Kazanlak and Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria; Brason and Sighisoara, Romania; Kecskemet and Budapest, Hungary.  A journey of a lifetime!

For more details, click HERE or call Travelrite International on 1800 630 343.


Vladivostok to Moscow and St Petersburg
September 3 to September 24, 2015

Indisputably one of the world’s greatest railway journeys, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs from Moscow, over the Urals, across the magnificent Russian Steppes and alongside the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal. It passes through eight time zones, and travels almost 10,000 km; one third of the way around the world. Our Trans- Siberian Express tour is a leisurely journey, making sure you get plenty of time to take in and enjoy this voyage of a lifetime. Visiting Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Ulaanbaatar, Ulan Ude, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Moscow & St Petersburg in Russia. Travelling on the Trans-Siberian is the only way to truly take in the vastness and grandeur of the world’s largest country.

For more details, click HERE or call Travelrite International on 1800 630 343. 


2015 Garden Tours to Europe and Australia

Eight Exciting Tours to consider

Gard2014 Helen Young Garden Tour of Italy and France
May 25 to June 14, 2015

10th year anniversary visiting some of Helen’s favourite gardens. 17 exciting days exploring the gardens and delights of the Italian Lakes, Venice and Paris. Plus a cruise on the Seine River.

This wonderful tour begins with four nights on Lake Como. We will visit beautiful Bellagio, Villa Melzi, magnificent Isola Bella, Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbeinello. We then travel to Venice for a guided tour with members of the Venice Garden Club. We will see some of Venice’s secret gardens as well as the gardens of the exclusive Hotel Cipriani. Our tour continues in Paris with highlights including Chateau de Bagatelle and Versailles. We then board our luxurious river ship for a seven night cruise along the Seine. We will visit Jardin Plume, Les Jardins de Castillon, and another highlight Claude Monets house and garden in Giverney.

An optional pre tour to London for the Chelsea Flower Show and great gardens of the south of England is also available.

Gard52015 Garden Tour with Millie Ross to Italy, France and England

Including the Chelsea Flower Show
May 4 to May 24, 2015

Visiting London for the Chelsea Flower Show, Tuscany, Florence, the Italian Lakes and Nice.

We begin on the Amalfi Coast in Sorrento. We will see spectacular gardens Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. We also travel to the island of Ischia to visit the famous garden La Mortella. During our three nights in Rome we visit Villa d’Este, and Villa Adriana. We continue on to Sienna in Tuscany to see Villa Lante and Villa Cetinale before four nights in the French Riviera and Nice. Our highlight here will be Villa Ephrussi de Rothchild. We finish with three nights in cosmopolitan London and the Chelsea Flower Show.


2015 Italian Food & Garden Tour with Julie Ray & Phil Dudman

May 22, 2015 to June 07, 2015

Visiting Tuscany, Florence, Bologna and the Italian Lakes.
Highlights include 3 nights in the picturesque Tuscan village of Bagno Vignoni, lunch at the world-renowned Osteria Francescana in Modena, a visit to the enchanting Villa del Balbianello overlooking Lake Como & the glorious food markets of Bologna, the food capital of Italy. Join the optional pre tour to the Chelsea Flower Show.


2015 Sue McDougall Garden cruise to Italy, France and Spain on board Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam
16 June to 6 July, 2015

Visiting Como, the Italian Lakes, Venice, Naples, Rome & Livorno, Italy: Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Greece; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain. Highlights include Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbienello and Isola Bella in Como, la Mortella on the island of Ischia, Villa lante and Villa Massei in Tuscany and Villa Ephrussi de Rothchild on the French Riviera.

2015 Deryn Thorpe Garden Tour to France and England including the Chelsea Flower Show
5 May to 24 May 201
We begin with four nights in Paris visiting the exceptional gardens of Monet’s house and garden at Giverny, Chateau de Bagatelle and Chateau de Versailles. We then continue on to the beautiful Loire Valley. A highlight here will be the Festival des Jardins de Chaumont sur Loire with thirty show gardens for us to see. Our journey through the best gardens of France then visits the spectacular Dordogne region and the gorgeous city of Avignon in Provence. We conclude with three nights in London for the Chelsea Flower Show.

2015 Jane Edmanson Britain and Ireland Garden Cruise on board Royal Princess
July 2 to 23, 201
Visiting London, Canterbury and Liverpool, England; Monets Garden, France; Edinburgh, Invergordon and Glasgow, Scotland; Cork and Dublin, Eire; Belfast, Northern Ireland; St Peter Port, Guernsey.

The Jane Edmanson garden tour on the Royal Princess will be a wonderful opportunity to cruise around the British Isles and Ireland. It will be managed by an experienced tour manager and include sightseeing tours at each port of call and visits to delightful gardens. Also included are special activities for members of the group.





2015 Deryn Thorpe Garden Tour to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and Ballarat
March 21 to 28, 2014

An exciting eight day tour to Ballarat and Melbourne, for the 2015 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. We visit Paul Bangay’s spectacular garden, Stonefields, the Australian garden at Cranbourne, Heronswood Garden, Cloudehill in the Dandenongs and much more!

Basile2015 Gardens History & Landscapes Tour with Michael and Judith Basile

From Nice to Paris – On and off the beaten track.

May 5 to 24, 2015

A romantic journey through glorious gardens, beautiful villages, and historic sites with tour leaders who know and love this very special region of France. We visit Nice and the beautiful French Riviera, travel to Forcalquier by train, and visit the historic Provincial town of Avignon. We have a night in Carcasson before concluding the tour with five nights in cosmopolitan Paris. It will be a wonderful in depth tour of France.

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