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 Escorted Group, Special Interest & Battlefield Tours

Innovative Travel offers a selection of small group escorted tours. These tours are designed with you the client in mind.  Based on our wide experience of these destinations, we have put together tours that not only offer excellent value for money but ensure you get the absolute most out of the countries you are visiting. The tour leaders are carefully chosen for their experience, local knowledge, and most importantly their people skills.


2017 & 2018  Tour Options


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 Tour Name
 Hosted by
24 AUG - 06 SEP
Music USA North ~ The Road to Chicago
Rene Wilson
9 - 22 SEP Greece & Crete Rene Wilson
10 - 22 OCT Egypt & El Alamein Rene Wilson
01 - 15 OCT
Passchendaele 100th Anniversary (ex Brussels)
Dr. Stephen Clarke
MAY Jordan/Holyland/Greece - Pilgrimage Rev Mike Hawke
JUL / AUG Music USA South  Rene Wilson

24 August - 06 September 2017
MUSIC USA NORTH - The Road to Chicago
LA to Chicago via Santa Fe and St. Louis

ROUTE 66. The "Mother Road".  Depart from Santa Monica Pier in California and travel across America, visiting Kingman, Gallup & Santa Fe before travelling to St. Louis and Chicago.

Along the way, revisit musical history. Visit the Painted Desert and Grand Canyon, visit amazing music venues including the Blueberry Hill in St. Louis where Chuck Berry sometimes plays live. Arrive in Chicago where, in addition to taking in the art and architecture, you will visit Buddy Guy's Legends Club and the Jazz Showcase the most historic jazz club in Chicago.

Join this epic journey across America from California to the Shores of Lake Michigan.

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  09 - 22 September 2017
Greece & Battle of Crete
 ex Athens 

Discover some of the most famous sites of Classical Greece.  Visit Athens and ancient Delphi and the Monasteries of Meteora on the Mainland. Then fly to the WWII Battlefields of Crete to trace our own history as well as the unique and enduring culture of the vibrant island. Follow the footsteps of New Zealand soldiers from Melame Airfield to Chania where our troops were later evacuated to Egypt after the Battle of Crete, with many going on to fight in the great battles of the Western Desert.

Continue your journey by ferry to Santorini where you will experience the unique food and wine of the island. There will also be time for shopping in the upmarket boutiques of Oia.

  Option to extend your trip in Greece to the islands of Mykonos, Paros, Naxos or Milos.

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 10-22 October 2017
Egypt & El Alamein 75th Commemorations
 ex Cairo

Remember your forebears in the Allied Forces (including Britain, Australia & New Zealand) who fought at El Alamein and North Africa during World War II and return to honour the Anzac pledge "We will remember them" for the 75th commemorations in El Alamein. In Alexandria, stay at the historic Cecil hotel, where Lt. Gen. Montgomery was based during the Egyptian campaign.

Experience the grandeur of the Pyramids & Sphinx. Cruise on the timeless Nile calling at some of the great riverside temples. Visit the Valley of the Kings, the massive Aswan Dam and stay at the fabled Old Cataract Hotel. Learn about the great civilisation of Egypt - a spectacular combination of famous and honourable sites.

Join us on this memorable tour to revisit WWII history & cemeteries and the incredible cultural heritage of Egypt.

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  MAY 2018
Jordan / Holyland / Greece - Pilgrimage

Join Rev. Mike Hawke on his 5th pilgrimage journey to the Holyland with Innovative Travel.  

Explore the lands where Jesus once lived

Pre-tour visit the the wonderful Red-rose city of Petra & Jordan.

Post-tour extension following the footsteps of St Peter & St John in mainland Greece & the island of Patmos

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JUL-AUG 2018
New Orleans to Memphis via Clarksdale & Nashville

MUSIC USA SOUTH - a classic road trip across the Southern USA, taking in a galaxy of starpower music stops; from New Orleans to Memphis through Vicksburg, the Mississippi Delta and Clarksdale, Nashville and Tupelo.  The perfect journey to rediscover the best of Southern USA Music and trace the emergence of the Delta Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Country Music, Rock and Jazz. 
Travel along highway 61 - explore historic Vicksburg and the Mississippi Delta - listen to emerging musical talent in Nashville and visit Graceland and Beale street in Memphis.

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Music USA South & North
Egypt & El Alamein

          Tour Host Rene Wilson

In either 2017 or 2018 join tour host Rene Wilson and fellow travel companions to explore some exciting and inspiring destinations including USA, Greece and Egypt.

Former NZ Ambassador and experienced tour host, Rene has led tours to Egypt, Italy, Turkey and the USA, and has travelled extensively in these wonderful countries and is looking forward to welcoming you on these special tours.


Commemorative WWI tours to

Passchendaele 100th Anniversary
1-15 October 2017 (15 days)
** guaranteed departure - 6 rooms left **

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If you are a resident outside New Zealand and would like to join one of our departures, prices are also available in USD, GBP, AUD and EUR with an option to join the tour at the arrival destination. Please email us to enquire prices and availabilities.



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