Early Bird savings finish at the end of this month for our Kenya and Canada tours, as well as our Spain & Portugal tour, which was extended through to the end of November. We would love to get a few more registered for both ourCanadian RockiesandSpain & Portugaltours - if you have been wanting to visit either of these destinations, now's the time to book as there are still some very good airfare deals to be had and the value of our dollar is creeping back up.
If you are stuck for Christmas gift ideas for your nearest and dearest this year, why not give them the Gift of Travel? A Travel Encounters Gift Voucher will allow them to choose an experience - Adventure Seekers could explore desert tombs in Sudan, Foodies could sample the tavernas and tapas of Spain, Wildlife Lovers could go on an Eco Borneo rainforest tour, or Art Aficionados will adore a trip to Mexico City where they can view Diego Rivera's murals. They say that experiences are remembered long after gifts have been given and forgotten. And what better way to give someone an experience but to help send them away on a holiday! Travel Encounters vouchers can come in any amount you choose and can be redeemed for any sort of travel (flights, hotels, cruises, tours etc) or even be used towards a Charlies Golf Tour, and is valid for a two year period. We will supply a certificate ready for you to personalise. So get your friends together or drop hints to your kids! Give me a call on0800 377 479if you would like to know more.
We have just returned from Whangamata where Marian & I were there for the Women's Masters tournament. It was great to be part of the event, with Charlies sponsoring theFridayprizes. It was lovely to meet a number of you who have either been on tour or are coming on tour with us next year. If you haven't played at the Whangamata course, make sure you play it when you are next in the area, as it is a lovely course in superb condition. This last weekend we were in Taupo, playing Turangi and Wairakei. They are also great courses and the wildlife and birds in evidence at Wairakei was just fantastic.
I have singled out two tours for special mention this month - ourSpain & Portugal Golf Tourin May, and ourCanadian Rockies Golf Tourin June. Withsavings of $600 per coupleavailable on both tours to the end of the month, this is your opportunity to lock in your place and experience the delights of one of these continents. Spain had always suffered from the 'Brits abroad' image with me until we went on this tour. Spain has the history, buildings and character to astound you - Rhonda is a classic example of this - add Portugal's stunning coastlines & history and the overall golf package, and the tour becomes a 'must do'. Once in Europe, take the opportunity to extend your stay - and this can be done without huge cost. You can lease a car for three weeks at a very reasonable rate and drive around staying at guest houses, getting a real flavour of the country you are in. Air B&B also gives you the chance to stay in one place for a time also at a reasonable cost. I have said on more than one occasion that the Canadian Rockies tour is my current favourite. The spectacular scenery and magnificent golf courses are a joy to behold and the atmosphere in every city and town was vibrant. Sharing the golf courses with black and grizzly bears was also an experience! Whilst you are up in this neck of the woods, it is very worthwhile to add a 7 day Alaska cruise onto the end of the tour. The wildlife and sea life is amazing, and the glaciers are awesome. We would love to see these tours run in 2019, so if you are keen on one of them, give me a call to discuss any questions you may have.