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Egypt Oct 2013

 

We would like to pass on our very grateful thanks for the excellent service we received during our recent holiday.  Our main guide was exceptionally professional, knowledgeable and went beyond what was required.  He knew exactly how to manoeuver us through the airports.  Another of our guides was also special – he was incredibly passionate about Egyptian history and a fantastic source of knowledge.  On our Nile Cruise we again had a very knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humour.  We had a fabulous time. 

 

We had been nervous about the Egypt leg of our holiday due to recent political unrest, but we felt safe at all times - except for the mad traffic in Cairo (not what we are used to)  – but our driver had amazing driving skills and nerves of steel.  At all times we felt we were a treasured commodity – a tourist.

 

Everyone we dealt with was exceptional.  You and your Egypt agent are to be congratulated; you made our holiday a trip of a lifetime to remember.  We sincerely hope that the tourist industry in Egypt picks up – we were extremely saddened to see so few tourists, and our hearts ached for the lives of the people who depend on tourist activities to survive, even though this actually worked to our advantage as there were no queues.

Deslee & Colin - October 2013
Agent: Vicki @ Travel Managers
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Photos: taken at the Pyramids and on the Nile Cruise


     
    Italian Cooking School

My husband and I attended the inaugural week at the Cooking School in July 2013.  We had a fantastic time.  The atmosphere was relaxed and flexible with the chef allowing the group to add extras to the menu e.g. stuffed courgette flowers.  We cooked 4 - 5 dishes each day focussing on local specialities from the area.  At the end of each cooking session we were treated to the Italian long lunch. 

The cooking school was a highlight of our trip to Italy.  It was well run, rustic and relaxed, and I would highly recommend it.

T. Ramsay  - Jul 2013
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Photo: inside the Cooking School
     

     

  Authentic Turkey Tour

We think this is a fantastic, authentic tour, and we were blessed with great tour guides who were outstanding: so knowledgable, reliable and professional (not to mention the great sense of humour).

We particularly liked the Petara Prince Hotel in Kalkan which was a highlight with great sea views; the Dilek Cave Hotel in Cappadocia with its beautiful pool; and the Innova Hotel in Istanbul with fantastic location, rooftop terrace and gym (which the kids loved).

Blue Family  - Jun 2013
Agent: Joan from House of Travel Cambridge
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Photo: Ephesus

     

     



  Morocco

Our 8 day Moroccan Magic holiday (visiting Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech) exceed our expectations in nearly all aspects.  Morocco is an excellent destination.

The Local Agents for Innovative Travel in Morocco were there to welcome us and wave us goodby, and we were well looked after.  Our tour leader, driver and local guides were also excellent.

We loved all our hotels, but worth mentioning in particular was the Maison Arabe in Marrakech (it was well worth paying the extra to stay at a Riad) and the La Tour Hassan Hotel in Rabat.  This was absolutely top accommodation.
We would definitely recommend the Ancient Kingdom Holiday range to anyone l - in fact we are thinking of travel to Oman, Tunisia or India in the future.

Ian & Dulcie  - Jun 2013
Agent: Moira Walker, Harvey World Travel, Howick
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Top Photo: Maison Arabe in Marrakech
Bottom Photo: Desert Camp

     

     



  Turkey

Our trip on the 18 day Turkish Odyssey was superb - there were just too many highlights to single out just one.  The organisation was excellent and the choice of sights, scenery and hotels was also great.  In fact, some of the hotels on the coast and in Istanbul had truly magnificent locations.   Optional tours were also very good - especially the Dinner Show, Bosphorus cruise, 12 island cruise and the Rhodes day trip.

The longer duration of the tour certainly gave us more time to enjoy and relax on the spectacular coastline travelling up from Antalya.  Would we go again - Yes! - perhaps to a different area, but even Istanbul could be explored and enjoyed for a lot longer than the time we had.

Our two guides - Charley and Onur were outstanding.  Their knowledge, humour, care and help was excellent as well as the considerate driving by our drivers.  They certainly helped make the whole experience a most enjoyable and unforgettable one.

Glenn & Manee - Jun/Jul 2013
Agent: Shelley Edwards, Harvey World Travel Howick
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Top Photo: Pamukkale  Bottom Photo: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
 

 




Turkey, Croatia Island Hopping and Greece

We both had a fantastic time.  Turkey is such a huge amazing country, and what made it so easy to enjoy was that our pick-ups at each destination were punctual, friendly and also delivered us promptly to our accommodation.  Our guides were also very good (apart from one hiccup) and we were impressed with our guides knowledge, good English and friendliness.

We particularly enjoyed our one day tour in Cappadocia with a guide, driver and car - they took us everywhere and couldn't have been more helpful.  We saw so much that day - such a beautiful part of Turkey - something we will also remember.

Croatia was also great and once again the accommodation was very good, and we just loved the islands of Korcula and Hvar.

Pip & Trevor - May/Jun 2013
Agent: Kim Thomas, HOT Upper Riccarton
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Top Photo:  Pottery Shop in Urchisar, Cappadocia.
Bottom Photo:  Island of Hvar, Croatia
 

 
 



Top Photo
: Gail & Malcolm
Bottom Photo: Regensburg
  Croisi 14 night Trans European cruise from Strasbourg to Budapest.

We initially booked a Croisi Cruise on a recommendation from friends of friends, and we thought they sounded a good option for the budget minded. We were not fussed with paying for the 5-6 star cruises with the butler service as this would blow our budget. 

 

We arrived in Strasbourg by fast train from Paris and caught a taxi to the  wharf.  We were able to board early, and were warmly greeted in reception and escorted to our cabin, where we were given a rundown on the facilities and handed information on the cruise before being left to unpack.  We then headed to the lounge bar for our audio guides and dining allaocation before gathering for a welcome cocktail and staff introduction. All meals were great - menus were displayed the night before and if there was anything you did not like, the staff were happy to arrange a substitute. We were seated at a table with 4 other 'Kiwis'.

 

Obviously there were more European passengers than Kiwi's on board, but it was never a problem.  Staff translated when required, we had English  menus and shore excursion notes; daily announcements were bi-lingual, and local guides were also bi-lingual (apart from our visit to the Melk Abbey where their own guides were used. In this instance Croisi purchased an English guidebook from the Abbey for us). The staff also translated for us on walking tours ashore.  We enjoyed all the shore excursions (and the fact that they were include in the price of our cruise!) which varied from guided walks around a shore town or a bus tour to a local highlight, plus free time to explore on your own. 

 

We would most definitely recommend Croisi as a company to cruise with and are have Croisi's Duoro in Portugal Cruise on our wish list for the future.

Gail & Malcolm  - May 2013
Agent: Jenny Street, Harvey World Mt Manganui
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  Egypt, Jordan & Israel

We had a fantastic trip.  We were a bit spoilt with tourism being so affected by the troubles, getting individual attention for most of our trip. We felt totally safe throughout our trip.  The media blow so much out of proportion, and the local guides are totally in touch with what's going on around the place, so we always felt like we were in a safe pair of hands.

Our guides and drivers have been brilliant throughout our holiday.  The hotels have ranged from pretty good to amazing, but the people have always been a delight.  Especially our driver in Jordan who accompanied us up the 800 steps to the Monastery at Petra.  Another special person was our guide on the Nile Cruise and Luxor.  He was a very friendly and knowledgeable chap who managed to manoeuvre us about always missing the bigger crowds and tour busses where ever we went. 

People like him turn good trips into great ones.

Tony & Sarah - May 2013
Agent: Joanna Devereaux - The Travel Brokers
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Top photo: at Luxor in Egypt; Bottom photo: on climb to Monastery in Petra
 

 
 




  Greece - Santorini & Mykonos

We have just returned from our holiday, and what an amazing time we had in the Greek Islands.  Thank you so much for your organisation of such a brilliant time.  All arrangements were fantastic, as were the hotels and all local agents and representatives.
We loved both islands - and cannot really put one above the other as loved them both for different reasons.

The Pelican Bay Art Hotel on Mykonos was in such a great location with friendly and helpful staff, and the area of Platys Yialos Beach was fantastic - great restaurants and friendly locals.  Laid back and not too busy with easy bus access to Mykonos Town.

The Dana Villas on Santorini were fantastic - in a great location with amazing views of the Caldera.  Once again easy to get around by bus to visit other parts of the island.  Lots of cruise ships calling while we were there, so streets were very busy.

Jo & Marg - May/June 2013
Agent: Jo Ledson - Harvey World Travel Mid City, Nelson
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Top photo: Santorini; Bottom photo: Sunset from Dana Villas
 

 


 
  Egypt

Jane and I had been wanting for some years to go to Egypt, and the trip certainly exceeded our expectations in all ways. Egypt is fascinating, chaotic, very different to any other country we have been to. The personalised itinerary that Innovative Travel organised for our trip was ideal, and everything went flawlessly . We would particularly want to thank our guides Carter, Ireni and George who were passionate in passing on their knowledge of their country.

The accommodation was both quite luxurious yet still had a real Egyptian feel to it. At all times we  felt totally safe, even in the large crowds of people and vast numbers of cars (though I am pleased I was not driving).

We would certainly recommend getting as many small denomination Egyptian pound notes as you can carry, to be able to give something to the large number of people who will try and help you all day long.

Do go to Egypt, the temples and pyramids and museums are quite extraordinary, and the people need tourists now more than ever. And do get Innovative Travel to organise your trip!

Charles & Jane - February 2013
Agent: Janette - House of Travel Wanaka
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  CROISIEUROPE CRUISE

On boarding our cruise boat in Amsterdam we were greeted by friendly faces and made to feel very welcome.  The food on the whole cruise was excellent, the variety unbelievable - my only complaint would be that there was too much of it!

On our trip there were 6 English speaking people and we were seated together for meals (4 Kiwis & 2 South Africans).  All announcements and updates in the dining area were translated for us by a crew member.  We really could not fault the service and attention we received.  On the excursions we also had everything translated so were truly spoilt.

The excursions were varied and interesting - cruising the canals in Amsterdam by night, visiting a wine cellar, museum and castle along with a number of enjoyable sightseeing walks with members of the crew.  It was a bonus having all this pre-paid.  When onboard there was plenty to keep you busy such as quizzes, exercise sessions etc and every evening some sort of special function before or after dinner.  The skit put on one evening by the crew was a lot of fun and really well done.  The Gala Dinner on the last evening was very special and the cuisine first class.

This was our 2nd River Cruise but our first with CroisiEurope.  It was a very relaxing and worthwhile experience.  For value for money it cannot be faulted.  Just remember that English speaking people could be in the minority.  We personally found the French very hospitable and had lots of laughs as we tried to interpret what was being said.

We would definitely do another cruise with CroisiEurope

Sue & Evan - August 2012
Agent: Liz, Harvey World Travel Palmerston North
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ISRAEL & JORDAN

In June, I had the amazing opportunity to go on tour to Jordan and Israel.

It was nothing short of an exciting adventure of living, breathing history, cultures, creativity and colour.

The diversity of the different people groups, the richness and depth of their way of living all portray a century's old life style that has been handed down through the generations and that is still vibrant and alive today.

The people are open and friendly, and love to laugh and look for all the good things in life to celebrate. Israel especially is also a very spiritual place where I couldn't help but see and feel God everywhere I went. For me it has been a positively deeply moving and life changing experience. If I could I would go back in a heart beat for there is so much more yet to be discovered and explored.

Pauline - June 2012
Mike Hawke Jordan and Holyland Tour 2012

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TURKEY

A huge 'Thank You' to the Innovative Travel Company.  We were going to stop in Istanbul for a couple of days prior to catching our 6 star cruise around the Mediterranean and were talked into a 2 week "Glories of Turkey" bus tour. We were so glad we did this bus tour as it became the highlight of our journey. The cruise was great but our Turkey tour was brilliant.

The whole experience was full of delights, the people are wonderful, the scenery is spectacular, the history rich. And the Innovative Travel Company were so very helpful when I had to sort out a problem from afar.  The photo is of a small part of the White lime stone terraces of Hierapolis in Pamukkale, it gave us a feel of our lost "Pink & White terraces of Tarawera (by Rotoura)".  Many thanks Innovative.

Colleen & Barry - May 2012
Agent: Agota @ Business World Travel, Wellington
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TURKEY

I approached my Turkey experience with trepidation, as really had no interest in Istanbul at all, and was only going there based on my travel agents recommendation.  As it turns out, I had a blast. The Turkish people are wonderful, so patriotic and kind. My experience on arrival, at the hotel, and on the tours, was top notch.

Special mention must be made of my "Gallipoli" experience. I arrived with another bunch of people, only to be whisked off to the Crowded House hotel by the Innovative Travel representative.  I was a fed up with a lovely meal, but was then taken on a private tour of the Anzac area. How amazing. I got to tailor the tour to my liking, and got to achieve my dream of walking in the footsteps of the Kiwi ANZAC soldiers, and walking up to Chanuk Bair.

I then was even more amazed the next day when I had another private tour of the Helles region, and was totally blown away. This is truly an experience that Kiwis need to be made aware of. You get to see the biggest NZ cemetery and memorial, along with the Commonwealth memorial and the amazing Turkish memorial. I got to hear and see all the aspects of the naval battle, and the primarily British and French attacks on the bottom of the peninsula. NOT TO BE MISSED.  After seeing the amazing sites of the Gallipoli Peninsula, Troy was a let down, and not worth the visit.

Huge thanks to the team in Eceabat - they were just fantastic! I can imagine that staying in their hotel would be one heck of an experience!

Sherry - May 2012
Agent: Kristin @ Edgeworth Travel, Auckland
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GREECE & TURKEY

On our private tour of Turkey all the hotels were good.  The hotels in Athens and Istanbul were well placed, but the best hotel (by far) was the Taskonaklar in Uchisar (Cappadocia) – it was beautiful, family run, not particularly big, well placed and had a great view over the valley and the early morning balloons.  The Hotel in Eceabat was simple - but it made up for it with friendly staff, really nice well-priced meals, and the great tours. Comment from MD Robyn Galloway: This hotel was chosen for its superb location directly on the Gallipoli Peninsula - otherwise clients are based in Canakkale where there is a greater choice, but it is further away).

The 4 day Classical Greece tour with Meteora was really good with a great guide.  I'm glad I did the 4-day trip, as the 2 day trip would have been too rushed with not enough time in Delphi.

The two highlights for me were

      1.  Gallipoli: The private tour was excellent and much better than I could have imagined.  We hit the main ANZAC sites plus a lot of extra stuff like hiking up Shrapnel gully from Anzac Cove to Johnson's Jolly, hiked up the spur that the NZ Wellington Battalion attached Chunuk Bair with views of old trenches and tunnel entrances, and spent time in the southern part of the peninsula looking at the British/French/Turkish parts including the landing beaches.  I also have a souvenir of some shrapnel balls from the battlefields.  It was well worth the effort in organising the private tour.

      2. Cappadocia:  What impressed me most were the remote rock churches and monasteries that were a little bit off the beaten track.  Our guide was really good and took us to places not on the usual itinerary also such as the rock monasteries at Selime and rock churches in Soganli Valley – natural and unspoilt by tourism

John - May 2012
Agent: Joanne @ The Terrace Travel Ltd, Wellington
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  CROISI CRUISES

I very much enjoyed the 2 voyages I made with Croisi Europe . They were very well organised and efficiently run  with varied and interesting excursions in very picturesque and historic towns and cities . I recommend Rudesheim coffee !! The quizzes were fun and stimulated interaction and disagreement with other passengers. Passing through such wonderful scenery , especially the Romantic Rhine on a ship was  fascinating.

There were  14 English speaking people ( Australians , Canadians and N.Z.) on the first voyage plus a group from Turkey.The other passengers were French , as were the majority on the second voyage. I sat with an Italian couple for meals but ,as the food was not to their liking ( unbelievable as the cuisine was excellent), they did not come to all  meals. The menus followed similar sequences for each voyage as did the entertainment -  Those crew members do work hard !!

The French people were very nice  - I have always found them courteous and pleasant whenever I have visited France. Many of the crew spoke English and  the daily programmes were printed in English and Italian which was helpful. On the first voyage we English speakers had our own guides and on the second I was usually provided with written info. e.g.  at the  Rudesheim wine cellar and mechanical music museum, or an audio guide ( Heidelberg castle). 

I can recommend CroisiEurope provided people read the info. provided by your company (which was very helpful) and  are aware that a lot of the other passengers will be French. I am thinking about making another voyage next year - I have not been to Vienna yet!

Denise - May 2012
Agent: Serena @ Air New Zealand Holidays, Milford
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TURKEY

Our trip was very well organised.  Because Tony had a walking stick and a crook knee the Innovative Travel operator gave us priority treatment.  We were taken up to the memorial Services and had priority seating.  The next day we were collected and taken on a trip to the Anzac sites  First was to the beach where the boats were meant to have landed, but because of the currents they were swept past to Anzac Cove.  We were taken to both beaches.  Anzac Cove had an 'eerie feeling to it.  Tony looked at the graves while I went for a walk along the beach.  Next we were taken up to where the general Memorial Service was held.  We had a good look around the area.  Then to the Australian Memorial site - very impressive.  Next we visited the New Zealand site, including a walk in the trenches.

The whole trip was very well planned.  Our guide was very informative and our driver very save.  A thoroughly enjoyable trip, in spite of the carnage that had happened there in the past.  I would recommend the trip to anyone interested in doing it.  The Innovative Travel Company Turkish representatives who we travelled with were great.

Sandra & Tony : April 2012
Agent: Roger @ House of Travel Wanganui

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  EGYPT

We have just completed the "Egypt in Style" holiday in your Ancient Kingdoms brochure and want to pass on our comments on your Egyptian Ground Handling company and one of their staff (Carter).  All our pickups were on time, Carter was always pleasant, well dressed and attentive to our needs, all vehicles were neat and tidy, and at all times Carter left us in no doubt that he was there for us and that we could phone him at any time should we have need to.  He was great at making changes – sometimes at short notice – at our request, and even helped us reconfirm our return flight to New Zealand.

We would thoroughly recommend Innovative Travel and their Egypt Ground Handling Agents to anyone planning a trip to Egypt.

We are in the initial planning process for an Indian holiday early next year, and as Innovative Travel's performance met our expectations on our recent trip we are looking seriously at their Indian packages.

Geoff and Joan - May 2012
Agent: Diane @ United Travel, Feilding
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  TURKEY

Our Turkey trip is now over and we are back in a very cold NZ. I just wanted to let you know that we were absolutely delighted with all your organisation.  Everything went superbly well and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
Fehmi Bey Hotel was just the best accommodation for what we wanted. Great location in easy walking distance to sites we wanted to visit, and the Grand Bazaar as well as heaps of local cafes/restaurants with lovely Turkish meals. A clean, comfortable family style hotel. An excellent breakfast on the terrace with great views. The staff could not have been more helpful, courteous and friendly.

Taskonaklar Hotel in Cappadocia was magical. A wonderful cave hotel with all the comforts one needed. Views were out of this world. The staff went out of their way to be helpful. eg with very early breakfast provided the day we left, immediately forwarding a left behind clothes item to our Istanbul hotel.


The visit to Ephesus was very memorable. Having a private guide was ideal - he was able to change around the days visits so that we could avoid the intense 40 deg heat for walking through the remarkable ruins. He had a great knowledge and feel for the area and added some extras to the day with a genuine Turkish lunch, seeing how silk carpets were made and visiting a family based pottery.

Not being part of a specific tour I know was quite a bit of work for you but the planning meant a hassle-free smooth running, enjoyable holiday for both of us.

Myra - June 2012
Agent: Cathy @ Adventure Travel, Christchurch
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JORDAN

Just a short note to say how much we have enjoyed Jordan and how great the Innovative Travel Ground Operators in Jordan have been to deal with and how excellent Ahmed our driver has been. Nothing has been a problem and we have had the most wonderful time imaginable. The service has been excellent and Ahmed is a treasure.

The hotels have also been excellent.  We don't want to leave!  Please pass on our thanks to the Innovative Travel and their Jordan tour operator.

Sheena & Diane - May 2012
Agent: Peter Dunne @Adventure Travel, Christchurch
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    EGYPT & GREECE

We have just returned from my trip and just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for all you did for us to make our trip an amazing one.
Can I say that Egypt was just out of this world and an amazing place - I need to say that we felt safe at all times and were well looked after by Akmet from your ground staff in Egypt - I can't say enough about him and his team of drivers and guides. 

Greece was a bonus for me - we went really for my daughter, but I ended up loving Greece and the tour to Meteora was awesome and a highlight.
So once again, from me and my daughter, thanks so much for everything and we will definitely use Innovative Travel tours again in the future - they are wonderful.

Linda & daughter - April 2012
New Plymouth
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  TURKEY

Just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time, the tour was excellent and we met a lovely bunch of people…. It was "full on" every day and plenty to see..Our Guide "Mel" was extremely knowledgeable and what we now don't know about the History, Politics, Culture, Customs and food of Turkey is not worth knowing !

Sue took over 400 photo's on her I-phone so we have plenty to remind us of all we saw and did…and a few goodies too…another Turkish rug and we both bought beautiful leather coats not to mention the spices we had vacuum sealed at the Spice Market !

Singapore Airlines were brilliant - nothing was too much trouble.
Your people in Istanbul were great and we even had an unexpected transfer at the end of the tour - to Fehmi Bey Hotel - which we didn't expect.
So thanks again for such a lovely prize !


Anna & Sue - 2012
winner of "Hands Up Wellington" prize holiday
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  ITALY

My wife and I have just completed a holiday through Italy and would like to say thank you for your suggestions of hotel and Peugeot Eurolease.  We had a wonderful time and each of the hotels had something special to offer.  I am tall so a big bed is very important to me, and every hotel had a large bed.   All were well situated, and in some cases (such as our hotel in San Remo) had great views. 

The CIT brochure was very comprehensive in the information provided, and we particularly found the city maps useful to guide us in our hotel choice.  Because we were travelling with a car it was  was great to know which hotels had parking available, and often this combined with  whether the hotel was in the centre or slightly out of the hustle and bustle determined our choice. 

Ross - April 2012
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  EGYPT

Brenda and I have just completed our Ancient Kingdoms tour of Egypt and we are compelled to write and tell you how wonderful our trip to Egypt was.

The organisation of the tour was outstanding.  We were met at each destination by very friendly and passionate tour guides.  Their English was excellent and their knowledge of Egyptian history made our visit all the more memorable.  The lack of tourists in Egypt was very good for us, but a worry for the Egyptian people who work in this industry.  At no time did we feel threatened or in danger, and we would recommend Egypt as a destination to our friends.  We would particularly like to mention Mohammed, your Aswan based tour guide.  He is a qualified Egyptologist and became a friend during our short time together.  He went above and beyond the call of duty to make our visit so memorable. 

We will be using your Company for our future travels to this part of the world.

David & Brenda - Sep 2011
Agent: Chris @ HOT Mission Bay
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  EGYPT 

Having looked forward to visiting Egypt for many years we were dismayed to read about the uprising in January this year and had to think long and hard about carrying on with our travel plans. We should not have worried.  From the moment we arrived at Cairo airport to the minute we left, we were looked after superbly. Our driver and tour manager ensured we got to see all the sights we were promised and they were friendly and polite at all times.

It was extremely humbling to be visiting Egypt at such a watershed time for the nation, and we heard many stories of bravery and courage.  Tourism is so important to the economy and it saddened us to know that without tourists going there, many of the locals couldn't work.  Mention must be made of your guides in Cairo and El Alamein & Alexandria who both provided us with expert commentaries and advice (especially with shopping!)  We also received great service by your local rep inside Cairo airport. He whisked us through customs, got our visas, organised our luggage and changed our money. 

Elinor and Fergus - June 2011
Agent: Jo @ House of Travel Merivale
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  CROISIEUROPE CRUISE - The Delights of Andalusia

I have been on one previous CroisiEurope cruise on the Adriatic, and four river cruises in Spain, The Balkans, Hungary and Italy.

I chose to do the 8 day Delights of Andalusia cruise with CroisiEruope because they were the only cruise company to operate in this area.  I have to do more with CroisiEurope.  Having travelled with six other River Cruise Companies and 23 trips I find CroisiEruope to be the best value for money and a good standard. 
The cabins, staff service and performance and meals were all excellent.

Jack - May 2011
Agent: Petra Otte @ House of Travel Plimmer Steps
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INDIA

We spent four weeks touring India, from New Delhi around the Golden Triangle to Mumbai, then south to Kochi and Chennai. We loved every minute of it.  It is advertised as Incredible India, and we never thought that it would meet that description. We were wrong; it not only met that description but exceeded it.

In the portion from New Delhi to Udaipur, our driver introduced us to many places that he knew, taking us for amazing diversions off the planned route. The people were friendly, treating us as honoured guests, and the scenery, the cuisine and especially the colours are etched in our memories. Photographically, it is superb.

We have travelled to many places in the world, but India was definitely one of our best trips.

Anne and Warren, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
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  TURKEY

In Turkey, we again chose Innovative Travel to organise our trip to Gallipoli and Troy. Again, we have nothing but praise for all concerned. We were picked up at, and returned to our inner city hotel, so this ensured hassle-free transfers. 
Our guide for this trip was excellent and proved a great storyteller. 

Finally, we wish to make special mention of the high standard of hotels we stayed in, both in Egypt and at Canakkale, Turkey. 

Thank you Innovative Travel, we had a wonderful time and have experiences we will treasure for ever!

Elinor and Fergus - June 2011
Agent: Kathryn @ Steve Parsons HOT, Palmerston North
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  CROATIA SAIL & CYCLE TOUR

We travelled on a Sail/Cycle Island Hopping tour in early June 2011.  We just loved the holiday.  For us it was the perfect mix of exercise, relaxation, with culture and heritage thrown in.Our daily cycle trips were 25-35 kms, which given the fact that each trip starts at sea level,  and the countryside is undulating, was plenty, when you add in a couple of stops (or more) to take photos, and of course an obligatory coffee stop.The boat we travelled on, the Magellan, was new and very well appointed. 

The guides were a good mix of efficient and fun-loving.  We thoroughly enjoyed the small-group touring aspect.  There was plenty of opportunity to do things alone,  together as a couple, or with the rest of the group.There was a lot of friendly rivalry and bantering among the different nationalities on board thorough out the trip, which culminated in a concert on the last night.  The "English" contingents'  version of "My Way" was magnificent – well we thought so anyway!

Jenny and Mark - June 2011
Agent: Fiona Burns @ House of Travel, Nelson
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ITALY & FRANCE

Innovative Travel helped us tremendously with accommodation for our travels in Italy and France.  The accommodation was of a very high standard and placed by railway stations when we needed to be but once we were travelling by car we had some amazing countryside accommodation which was a fantastic experience for us.  At one point a four night stay in one place was ideally placed for us to walk to the local sights and spend some days exploring Provence, with a lovely base to come back to each night. 

It was a lovely surprise every time we arrived at a new 'home' as we were never disappointed.
Thank you so much for your help during a very difficult time for your company and staff in Christchurch.

Geoff, Roberta, Colin & Hazel - May/June 2011
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TURKEY

"Turkey was a country of many varied and exciting opportunities to better understand the early civilisation of our world.....One comes away admiring the productivity within the country and the bond of respect between the Turkish people and New Zealanders.

"A huge credit goes to The Innovative Travel Company and Ancient Kingdoms Holidays for their arrangements in Turkey - in the choice of the tour director, who made every effort to give us all a broad understanding of the Turkish culture, food and family life.  The excellent choice of hotels and the high standard of meals were a delight - but not always good for the waistline!"

"While the language can sometimes be a challenge, we found everybody very tolerant and at no time did we feel unsafe.  A great experience"

Don - June 2011
Agent: Don Mcleod @ Hawkes Bay Travel Centre
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  EGYPT

"I just wanted to say a huge Thank You to you for organising our trip around Egypt.

I loved every minute of it.  The guides and everyone were so nice and helpful, and it truly was an eye opening experience.
A trip of a lifetime."

Julie - November 2010
Agent: Ken Were @ United Travel Newmarket
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  TURKEY

"Your Turkey Local Agent/Representative was excellent: helping us catch our flight to Warsaw after we were held up in a traffic jam. 

Without him we were lost, so a big thank you to the Ancient Kingdoms guide at the Airport".

Norma & James - October 2010
Agent: Gary Harley @ Orbit Corporate Travel Dunedin
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EGYPT

"Just want to say a massive thank you for all the effort that was put into organising the holiday for us.  We had a fantastic time and everything went flawlessly.  The whole team over in Egypt were great, everyone was professional, knowledgeable and so happy to help with any request we had.  We genuinely had a once in a life time trip."

Andrew & Blair - September 2010 
TVNZ Breakfast Show prizewinners
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GREECE

"The Kalypso Hotel in Paros was a beautiful water front hotel - the best hotel in the whole trip!, but we also loved the Kamari Hotel in Mykonos for its beautiful swimming pool and great location.  We also found the ferries and Ancient Kingdoms local agent excellent".

Dave & Fay - September 2010
Agent:  Shelley Rich @ Travelcom Mt Maunganui
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EGYPT & JORDAN

"Back from our lovely jaunt to Egypt & Jordan and just wanted to let you know that it couldn't have been better!  Everything went like clockwork, and as it was the first time I've ever been on this sort of tour, I'd never want to do it any differently - so nice to have everything pre-arranged, and everyone there to meet us at the airports etc.  I'd been to Egypt before (but as a backpacker) so it was nice to go in some comfort this time, and amazing how much I'd forgotten from the previous trips.  

The Ancient Kingdoms Egypt travel guides were all excellent.  Even though they do the same sights day in and day out, they never made us feel like they were just going through the motions, and always offered good advice before we reached each sight such as what to do and not do.  They had vast amounts of knowledge and were very helpful.

The Dahabiya 7 night cruise was amazing.  Main advantage of travelling on the Dahabiya is that they leave a day before all the big cruise boats, so you never came across huge amounts of traffic on the Nile.  At each destination en route (Esna, Edfu etc) it was just us and maybe another Dahabiya or 2 parked us, so we missed all the crowds that come with the larger boats.
Our Jordanian guide was great - a new museum had just opened showing the bedouin life style, so he made sure we visited.  Our guide went out of his way to find something special for us and it made all the difference."

Mandy - October 2010
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DUBAI STOPOVER
 
"Thank you so much for the fabulous experience which was Dubai stopover.  Dubai was somethin' else.....over the top but quite wonderful.   Thank goodness you informed me there was a 20 minute walk on arrival at Dubai Airport so I ordered a wheelchair - and was very pleased I had.  The airport is amazing but HUGE and I was very tired. 

Transfers and all arrangements you made for me were spot on.  I did the city tour and the extra one which sailed across Dubai Creek to the fabric, spice and Gold Souks before returning to get changed for my visit to the Burgh Al Arab.  Now that is extra fabulous : Versace meets Eastern over the top.....and I loved it all.  I had a glass of the very best champagne while the sun set over the Arabian Sea at the 27th Sky floor restaurant.  What more could a girl want.   Dubai Mall offered all the shopping opportunities you would ever need : Bloomingdales, Jimmy Choo shoes, skating rinks, aquarium. It really is a one stop family attraction.

On the 4WD Drive desert tour I saw lightning and rain which lasted for 10 minutes.  Apparently it only rains twice a year in the desert!  The colouring in the desert was so beautiful, I just loved the golden sands and I have marvellous photos to remember it by.  I got to sit on a camel and have my photo taken with a hooded falcon.  It was magic to be out under a clear desert sky watching a beautiful belly dancer and jets flying overhead! The traditional snacks were delicious.
Well it is all a beautiful memory now, but one I will never forget."

Lyn - November 2010
Agent: Lyn MacDonald @ United Travel Hamilton
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