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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 Tour Options


Click on the photo above for details of our Passchendaele & Somme Battlefield Tours

 Tour Name
 Hosted by
Music USA South
Rene Wilson
Music USA North ~ Route 66
Rene Wilson
1. Passchendaele 100th Anniversary
ex Brussels. Host TBA

July~August 2017
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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 August~September 2017
LA to Chicago via Santa Fe and St. Louis

ROUTE 66.  The ultimate trip.  Depart from Santa Monica Pier in California and travel across America
, calling in at Tucumcari and Flagstaff before heading to St. Louis and Chicago.  Along the way take the opportunity to call at special sites such as the Painted Desert and Cadillac Ranch and selected music venues such as 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 Alt-country venue the 'Hideout'.  The journey will also include a side trip to fascinating Santa Fee on the original route 66, with its historic adobe buildings, busy music & cultural scene. 
Join an epic journey across America from California to the Shores of Lake Michigan.

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  Music USA South and North
Tour Host Rene Wilson

Former diplomat and now Innovative Travel Tour Host, Rene has led tours to Egypt, Italy and Turkey before shifting direction to follow a long standing interest - blues based american music.
Like many of his generation Rene came to the blues by way of the folk music revival and then the great UK bands of the 60's and 70's, musical streams that were sourced from and then merged with blues music of an earlier era including that of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and BB King.
Rene has travelled extensively across the USA and has hosted a classic music-infused trip exploring the sounds of the American South in September 2016.  Following on from this successful tour, Rene is back to host 2 great American journeys of musical discovery in 2017.
Music USA South
Music USA North - Route 66


Commemorative WWI tours to

Passchendaele 100th Anniversary
1-15 October 2017 (15 days)

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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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