You are here » Home > Special Group Tours

 Special Interest Escorted Group 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.


Gallipoli cruise Deck plan 
read more

prices from NZD10,395 per person share twin cabin
ANZAC DAY 2015 - cruise option
17 - 27 April 2015 from Athens to Istanbul 
Visit the Greek Island of Lemnos (staging post for ANZAC troops) - Anzac Cove - Canakkale - Gallipoli Battlefields Pilgrimage - Troy - Dawn Service - Istanbul

A highlight of this cruise is the four onboard experts.  This team of Australian and Turkish Gallipoli specialists will hold presentations throughout the cruise and bring the Gallipoli story alive for you.

If you do not have a ballot you can still view the Commemorations, which will be broadcast on-board, where you will also have the pleasure of hearing the exquisite voice of soprano Dame Malvina Major (ONZ, GNZM, DBE)

17 - 27 April 2015

Escape to Jamaica with Jax on
e coolest cuisine tour on earth.
Departing July 2014

Join celebrity Chef Jax Hami
lton on this unique experience as she takes you back to her roots on the gorgeous Caribbean Island of Jamaica.
From the stunning 12 km white sandy beach of Negril where you will stay, to Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, you'll see the best of Jamaica and experience mast
er class lessons with Jax and her friends ... along with rum tastings, palm trees and lots of laughter.

to register your interest email:

 July 2014

full itinerary more


ANZAC DAY at Gallipoli 2015 - Tour 1 & 2
100 Year Anniversary Commemorative Tour

Tour Highlights
This tour takes in the highlights of Turkey starting in Istanbul, visiting the capital Ankara, the surreal areas of Cappadocia, the limestone terraces of Pamukkale, the UNESCO site of Ephesus and ending with the highlight of attending the Dawn Services at Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary commemorations, side by side with fellow NZ and Australian countrymen and dignitaries. 

 Tour 1 travels with Emirates Airlines
Tour 2 has an extra night in Istanbul and flights are on Singapore Airlines.

Tour 1
18 days departing NZ
14-29 April 2015
on Emirates Airlines

full itinerary
registration form

Tour 2
17 days departing NZ
13 - 29 April 2015
on Singapore Airlines
full itinerary and registration form ... read more

An introduction to the Innovative Travel Gallipoli Anzac Cruise 2015, with guest speaker Dr John Basarin (3 minutes)


Anzac Cruise 2015 with Innovative Travel
Featuring guest presenter, Dr John Basarin, sharing his thoughts on the Turkish perspective on the Gallipoli campaign. (10 minutes)

Dr. Vecihi (John) Basarin

has co-authored six books with his wife: A Turkish View of Gallipoli, Melbourne, 1985; The Turks in Australia, Melbourne, 1993; Gallipoli – The Turkish Story, Sydney, 2003; Gelibolu 1915, Istanbul, 2005; Beneath the Dardanelles; The Australian submarine at Gallipoli, Sydney, 2008; Canakkale Bogazinin Derinliklerinde, Istanbul, 2009

Dr Basarin was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He trained as a chemical engineer and migrated to Australia in 1973. Apart from Melbourne, he has also lived and worked in Norway, the United States, Brazil, Germany and the UK in energy, oil & gas and engineering related fields as a manager. After retiring in 2002, Dr Basarin combined his passion for travel and history by leading tours to Turkey & to Gallipoli. He has a proven record of consistently delivering excellent tours for the last six years.

In 2005, Dr Basarin received Victorian Premier's Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs for his long-time work on Gallipoli. Dr Basarin has given many talks, written many articles and appeared on TV features and radio programs on Gallipoli, presenting the Turkish side of the tragic Gallipoli campaign. For a decade, Dr Basarin has been involved with the AE2- Australian submarine project. He acted as the Turkish advisor to the 25- strong team that travelled to Turkey to survey the submarine in 2007. His brainchild AE2 Plaque Project has been implemented in Sydney, Fremantle and at Gallipoli.

"The RSL ANZAC Awards Committee has awarded the 2010 ANZAC Peace Prize to Mr John Basarin of Victoria in recognition of his sustained and enthusiastic commitment to promote relationships between Australia and other communities around the world, particularly in Turkey, with a significant emphasis on his commitment to Rotary Youth Exchange programs and building understanding of the Gallipoli Campaign."

In 2011, Dr Basarin has completed his PhD studies working with Prof John Hall of Deakin Business School. The title of his doctorate thesis was "Battlefield Tourism – Anzac Day Commemorations at Gallipoli". A long-time member of Rotary International, Dr Basarin has been actively involved in charity and community work.


click on the photo above for a link to Dr John Basarin speaking at the Wellington Rotary Club feb 2013 on the Turkish perspective for Gallipoli 
13 May 2013

Hon Michael Woodhouse -Minister of Veterans' Affairs:  Gallipoli 2015 ballot allocation announced

Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse says the vast bulk of New Zealand's 2000 passes for Anzac Day 2015 at Gallipoli will be available for all New Zealanders.
"The Gallipoli campaign played a significant part in the evolution of our nationhood, and Anzac Day holds a special place in New Zealanders' hearts.
"The annual commemorations at Gallipoli attract a broad spectrum of New Zealanders and it's important that we uphold this tradition in 2015."

 As confirmed in February, a total of 10,500 places will be available at the commemorations, with 2000 allocated to New Zealand, 8000 to Australia, and 500 for official representatives from Turkey and other countries.

New Zealand's 2000 attendance passes will be allocated as follows:

  • 75 per cent (750 double passes/1500 places in total) by ballot for all New Zealanders (including descendants and veterans who were unsuccessful in their specific ballot).
  • 10 per cent (100 double passes/200 places in total) by ballot for direct descendants of Gallipoli veterans.
  • 10 per cent (100 double passes/200 places in total) by ballot for veterans of all conflicts.
  • 5 per cent (100 places in total) reserved for special groups such as youth representatives and children of Gallipoli veterans.

"The decision on how to allocate passes was informed by the public consultation we carried out in 2012."
Applications for the ballot will open on 1 November this year, with results announced in April 2014. Guidance on how to apply will be available on the Gallipoli 2015 website closer to the time.
Mr Woodhouse said that while attendance passes would be free, those New Zealanders who were successful in the ballot will need to make their own travel arrangements and meet all their own costs.

 The New Zealand Government, in conjunction with the Australian Government, will tender for a company to run the ballot.

Frequently asked questions and answers: ... read more
More information is available at:


Jordan & The Holyland Pilgrimage
with Rev. Mike Hawke and Colleen Pasley-Doyle

Superbly situated accommodation
3 nights at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel in Jordan,
5 nights inside the old city of Jerusalem, and
3 nights on a Kibbutz Hotel in the Galilee in Israel
Highlights include
Dead Sea and Jordan Valley exploration including Madaba and Mt Nebo; Rose Red lost city of Petra
Masada & Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls) in Israel
Wailing Wall, Mt of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Holocaust Museum, Bethlehem Church of Nativity.
Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee - Fishes & Loaves sight, Church of Multiplication, Mt of Beatitudes, Cana Wedding Church, Safed.  

Click here to register your interest for 2015

click here
for more information on The Innovative Travel Company
Tour Hosts


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.



Web design New Zealand by CCH

Copyright - The Innovative Travel Company Limited ©