We are pleased to present our latest Southern Hemisphere Around the World by Macro Diamond for 2013.
It’s an exhilarating feeling to touch down in your private charter jet in exotic and far-away places. To know, with each comfortable flight, a new and priceless adventure awaits us. For 30 days of private jet travel, we gain time as we fly westbound making the best use of our days. We’ll immerse ourselves in foreign cultures, culinary flavours and sensory delights. Marvel over ancient and modern monuments. Observe the miracles of evolution first-hand and encounter unforgettable natural and cultural wonders.
Our chartered Boeing 757-200 jet aircraft will be configured with 80 business class style seats for roominess and comfort, with our experienced international crew remaining with us throughout the trip. Appetizing meals will be served with wine and an open bar, as well as other beverages.
We will enjoy interesting and informative sightseeing with expert local guides, with leisure time available for whatever might be of special interest to us. Our hotels are well located and are of a superior category. Meals and special venues have been selected to give us a “taste” of foreign delights. Since we are on a fantastic holiday, many evening events have been planned as well. All contribute to the kind of experiences of which lasting memories are made.
Our adventure will take us to Honolulu and Waikiki. We’ll enjoy a three-night private ship cruise around Fiji’s Yasawa archipelago Islands. Our adventure will continue to the home of the Maoris in Rotorua, New Zealand, with some spelunking in the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. We’ll see the famous Opera House in Sydney, visit with some native marsupials and experience dining pleasures under the stars at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Red Centre of Australia. We’ll relax at our tranquil beach resort on the Island of Bali and tour local villages to see the artisans at work. We’ll be welcomed by our hosts in Mauritius and venture out on a safari in South Africa. We’ll ascend Table Top Mountain by cable car and take to the skies over Rio in helicopters. Powerful river rafts will take us to the Falls in lguacu and a gala farewell dinner awaits us in Caracas Venezuela.
14 destinations - one incredible journey!
We started out as strangers and parted as friends. What can I say to the most enjoyable experience of a lifetime. The accommodations and meals were excellent and the evening entertainment was first class. It would be remiss of me not to mention the great service of the friendly and obliging crew of the airline. I would like to compliment you in arranging for such an enjoyable once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was a hell of a trip and beyond expectations. Kindest personal regards...Mr. & Mrs. Cole
Overall we would rate this trip 10 out of 10!!. It certainly met my expectations. The communications with Travel Guild were “right on”, we always felt informed, and that we received material and information in a timely manner. The hotels were excellent, the carry-on given to us was perfect, the tour buses were great. Sincere thanks for all of you making such a wonderful trip for us! ... Mr. & Mrs. Smith
I would like to say “thank you” for such a wonderful trip. I just can’t imagine the time and effort it took for Ben to put together such an organized World Tour. I had a great time meeting all the other passengers in the group. The crew were very special people who made me feel like a queen, Thanks again...Ms. Foley
Congratulations on organizing another awesome World Tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet new folks and experience new environments and customs. Travel Guild did a fine job setting up the itinerary. Several of our friends will be contacting you in the future for their trips...Mr. & Mrs. McA dams
It was a most exciting experience, surpassing all my expectations as we visited places I had never expected to see. Accommodations were superb, as were the sumptuous meals and entertainment, and your seamless handling of some 100 pieces of baggage every couple of days boggled the mind! Participants and tour guides were very congenial and I have the greatest of praise for the Iceland Air Crew. They were fabulous! Based on my experience with the World Tour, and the fact that it really was all inclusive, my sister Joan and I are registering for another one of your tours...Ms. Donahue
I want to let you all know how very, very much I enjoyed the “trip of a lifetime”. I was so happy you used Iceland Air with their wonderful crew. The extra seating space was wonderful to have. I appreciate the fact that you and Carl were always available to answer our relevant and irrelevant questions at all times. A big thank you to the office staff being so helpful answering all my inquiries...Ms. Christie
I really enjoyed the fabulous World Tour. Every detail was planned ahead of time and I thank your staff for all of the hard work they did to make the trip such a huge success. The enthusiasm and friendliness of the aircrew added tremendously to my enjoyment of the trip. They were very professional and competent - outstanding in fact. I will certainly recommend Travel Guild to all of my friends...Ms. Giza
From the moment you step aboard, every care will be taken to make your flight a rewarding experience. Stow your luggage in the overhead storage areas, settle into your wide leather seat and stretch your legs. Before long, your favourite drink will be on its way, followed by a delicious meal. Welcome to your Private Jet.
Accompanying us on our journey is an experienced, international crew who will remain with us throughout the trip. Our Tour Director will oversee all the details of our Adventure and our Tour Leaders will look after your comforts.
Our Boeing 757-200 ER, operated by lcelandair/Loftleidir, is a large state-of-the-art, world- class, twin-engine jet. While this aircraft can typically carry 239 passengers ours will be custom-configured with 80 business class style seats - providing more space, comfort and legroom.
The advantages of traveling by private jet are endless. Unhampered by regular commercial routes and schedules - we fly direct, avoiding layovers and plane changes. We set our schedules with mid-morning departures, arriving refreshed and ready to exp1ore.
(Note: All flight times are subject to change)
|Sat Nov 3||Toronto (via Vancouver) to Honolulu, Hawaii||10:30/14:00||12:30/17:25||5:00/6:25|
|5/6||Honolulu to Nadi, Fiji - Cruise||10:30||15:15||6:45|
|9||Fiji toAuckland, New Zealand||11:00||14:10||3:10|
|Sat 10||Auckland - Rotorua|
|12||Rotorua - Auckland to Sydney, Australia||15:00||16:30||3:30|
|15||Sydney to Ayers Rock, Australia||10:00||12:00||3:30|
|16||Ayers Rock to Bali, Indonesia||11:00||13:00||3:30|
|19||Bali (via Jakarta) to Mauritius||10:30/13:10||12:10/16:40||1:40/7:30|
|21||Mauritiusto Nelspruit, South Africa||11:00||13:10||4:10|
|23||Nelspruit to Cape Town, South Africa||11:30||14:00||2:30|
|Sat 24||Cape Town|
|26||Cape Town (via Ascension Island) to Rio deJaneiro, Brazil||10:30/15:50||14:20/17:55||5:50/5:05|
|29||Rio de Janeiro to lguacu Falls, Brazil||10:30||12:50||2:20|
|30||Lguaçu Falls to Caracas, Venezuela||10:30||16:00||6:00|
|Sat Dec 1||Caracas|
B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, SL - Special Lunch, D - Dinner, SD - Special Dinner, IFL - In-Flight Lunch, IFD - In-Flight Dinner, IFM - In-Flight Meal
We depart Toronto at 11am and arrive in Vancouver early afternoon where we welcome aboard our “West Coast” passengers. We then continue our journey to Honolulu, on the beautiful island of Oahu, in Hawaii - the first stop on our World Tour. This evening, we gather at our hotel on Waikiki Beach for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Here we’ll be formally introduced to our Tour Leaders and Flight Crew, before sitting down to our first Special Dinner. IFL,SD
Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and is situated on the island of Qahu. It is home to the famous Waikiki Beach and many treasured historical landmarks. Our Tour will take us through downtown Honolulu, the world-famous Waikiki Beach strip, Diamond Head and other Hawaiian favou rites. We will have time at leisure to enjoy the amenities of the hotel, or explore the many galleries, boutique shops and restaurants along the Beach Walk. B,L
Today we bid farewell to the Hawaiian Islands and cross the Equator, enroute to our next destination - Fiji. Nestled directly
over the 1800 meridian, we lose a day (which we’ll slowly make up day-by-day as we head westward around the globe).
Upon arrival in Fiji, we will be taken to the Harbour Pier to board our private cruise ship, the Reef Endeavour, for a three- night cruise around the Yasawa group of Islands. At 240 feet in length and over 3,000 tonnes, our ship is the perfect size to negotiate the remote reefs, islands and shallow bays, while providing a wide range of comforts and appeal - from swimming and spa pools to bars, lounges and timber-laid leisure decks.
This evening we’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner followed by introductions to our ship’s crew, who will also perform a short show, followed by music and dancing. B,IFL,D
Each day we will dine on fresh local produce, lavish buffet breakfasts and luncheons featuring Fiji Islands seafood and a la carte dinners with a range of menu selections. This morning, we will go ashore on Sacred Island where we can enjoy snorkelling, swimming and coral viewing from the glass bottom boat or just laze on the beach. We will return to the ship for lunch in the pool area, after which, we’ll go ashore at Nova Beach for an afternoon of relaxation, snorkelling or swimming in the beautiful azure water of the South Pacific. Afterwards, we head back on board to enjoy cocktails and canapes, while being entertained by Saimoni in the Yasawa Lounge. We’ll have dinner in the Captain Cook Saloon, followed by a small show performed by the crew for our enjoyment. B,L,D
After breakfast, we’ll go ashore at Yalobi School Beach where we can again enjoy snorkelling, swimming and coral viewing from the glass bottom boat. After an a Ia carte lunch back on board, we’ll then visit Namara Village School on Waya Sewa Island and enjoy a show preformed by the school’s children. Later, we will join the villagers for a traditional evening at Yalobi Village. We’ll experience the “Sevusevu” ceremony and the “lovo” feast - a traditional Fijian dinner cooked in an earth oven, followed by a spectacular “Meke” celebration - which is a song and dance performed by the villagers. After our Farewell Feast, we reboard the ship for a dessert buffet, tea, coffee or a nightcap in the Yasawa lounge. The crew will join us for some singing and dancing. B,L,D
After breakfast on our cruise ship and a special Fijian farewell, we depart on our private aircraft for New Zealand. Auckland, its biggest city and home to the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world, is affectionately known as the “City of Sails”. Rich in natural, Maori and European history - Auckland is located on a uniquely narrow strip of land, flanked by both western and eastern coastal shorelines, with a mere 800 metres between them at the narrowest point. Afternoon at leisure. We’ll enjoy a special dinner this evening at the Orbit Revolving Restaurant, situated at the top of the Sky Tower, 190 metres above the ground. The dining room rotates once every hour, providing a truly unique experience and amazing 360- degree views of Auckland. B,IFL,SD
Today, we tour the sights in and around Rotorua, starting with a visit to Wai-O-Tapu (Mãori for “Sacred Waters”) - a Geothermal Wonderland. Here we’ll witness Lady Knox Geyser’s 10-20 metre eruptions, the famous Champagne Pool and other stunning natural wonders. We’ll also experience the Agrodome Farm Show and multi award winning Sheep Show. This famous Rotorua attraction features live sheep shearing, 19 breeds of champion rams and a full New Zealand dog trial. For lunch, we’ll ride the 900 metre Skyline Cablecar up the side of Mount Ngongotaha to the Skyline Restaurant. The Restaurant is known for its stunning 180 degree views over the city of Rotorua, Lake Rotorua and Mount Tarawera. This evening, we enjoy a Mãori cultural show, concert & Hangi dinner - a traditional New Zealand Mãori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven and still used for special occasions today. B,SL,SD
We drive back to Auckland’s Airport, with a stop for lunch along the way. We board our jet to Sydney, Capital of New South Wales. Sydney is Australia’s largest and oldest city and sits astride Port Jackson - one of the most beautiful deep water natural harbours in the world. The city boasts famous landmarks, such as the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, as well as a fine array of restaurants, theatres, shopping complexes and some of Australia’s best surfing beaches. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel. B,L,D
This morning, we’ll depart on a sightseeing tour of Sydney. We’ll see many highlights of Sydney, with a stop at the
historical Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, offering views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge together. We’ll visit the Gap, the
entrance to Sydney Harbour and stop to stroll along the promenade at Bondi Beach.
Afterwards, we’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, as we take in the sights of beautiful Sydney Harbour aboard our private charter boat - “Matilda lll”. The afternoon will be at leisure to explore personal interests, which could include a tour of the Sydney Opera House or the Aquarium at Darling Harbour - all within walking distance of the Pier and our hotel. Dinner at our hotel this evening. B,SL,D
After breakfast, we depart for a stroll through the Featherdale Wildlife Park, located 40 minutes drive from Sydney. Here we
see the indigenous animals of Australia, including: kangaroos; emus; wallabies; and koalas (with an opportunity to get
pictures taken with our arms around one). With over 2,200 animals, birds and reptiles (including a 4% metre saltwater
crocodile and the world’s deadliest snake - the Inland Taipan), we’ll greet the animals in their natural bush setting, spread
over seven level acres.
Following the Park visit, the balance of the day will be free to explore the many interests that Sydney has to offer. For many, shopping in the Rocks District adjacent to our hotel will be of interest, while for the more adventurous - the 3% hour Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb offers a unique experience and brilliant view (advance reservations required). B
Lying just over 400 km to the south-west of Alice Springs, in the “Red Centre” of Australia’s vast Northern Territory, it is the
world’s largest monolith - measuring over 9 km around the base and rising 348 metres above the Mulga Plain. Named
“Uluru” by the indigenous Aboriginal people, it is a sacred monument to them. Its cave walls, which comb the base, are
covered in Aboriginal carvings and paintings - many of which are thousands of years old.
Upon our arrival at Ayers Rock Airport, we will be transferred to our hotel for lunch. After lunch, we tour the Kata Tjuta (also known as the “Olgas”, meaning “many heads” - some 36 of them). We’ll have time to stroll in the Olga Gorge with our local guides, who will explain the heritage of the site to the Aborigines.
Just before sunset, we will head a little deeper into the Outback, to the site of our Special Dinner. There, we’ll be served champagne and canapes as we watch the Olgas become a darkening silhouette before a deepening sky of intense reds and oranges. Dinner is served, balancing a blend of a true Outback setting with the finest barbecued tastes of the Territory, including: kangaroo; emu; barramundi; steak and chicken. Out of the darkness, the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo approach. With the fire and lanterns extinguished - we sit back, gaze upward to the stellar brilliance of the southern night sky and experience the unforgettable “Sounds of Silence”. B,IFL,SD
Before departing the Outback, an early start this morning will afford us one final opportunity to witness the magic of mighty
Uluru, as its colours change from deep hues of purple to shades of rust and bright orange - as the sun rises over “The Rock”.
Our local guides will take us on several short walks for an up-close view of some of the Aboriginal rock carvings and
waterholes, created by the local tribe thousands of years ago.
We then continue to the Airport and our waiting jet, for our flight to exotic Bali.
Upon arrival, we’ll be met and transferred to our resort hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the pool, with an opportunity to enjoy sipping on a cool drink at one of the many bars.
Dinner at our hotel this evening. B,IFL,D
“Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel 2010” awarded Bali Second Place among the world’s Top Regions. Also known as the “Land
of the Gods”, Bali appeals to all - through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields, that
exude peace and serenity. It enchants us with its contrasts, from dramatic dances, colourful ceremonies, arts and crafts, to
its luxurious beach resorts and exciting night life.
Our tour today begins with a stop to see the Rumah Bali - a compound comprising traditional Balinese houses. We’ll visit Batuan - to see the different styles of Balinese Paintings, the village of Kemenuh - renowned for its fine woodcarvings and Ubud - the artistic centre of Bali, where local and foreign artists and dancers gather. We’ll enjoy lunch enroute and return to the hotel mid-afternoon.
This evening we’ll enjoy a Special Dinner, while being entertained with a Traditional Balinese Show. B,SL,SD
Today is free for us to relax - to sleep-in if we choose, to enjoy all the amenities of our resort hotel, stroll the endless stretch of white sand beach or, perhaps, to explore more of this “Land of the Gods”. B
We depart on our flight over the Indian Ocean for Mauritius, a beautiful island contrasting a multitude of colours, cultures and
tastes. The island, set in the turquoise waters off the coast of Madagascar, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Mauritius
is a melting pot, where past and present are smoothly blended together, offering an essential beauty that compels guests to
return to its shores - time and time again.
We transfer to our luxurious hotel, ideally located on the Caudan Peninsula by the Marina, overlooking the Mauritius capital’s Harbour of Port Louis.
Dinner tonight at our hotel. B,IFL,D
This morning, we’ll enjoy an introductory tour of the island. We’ll explore the diversity of the landscape and the cultural
differences that exist on the island.
Next to the hotel is the Barkly Wharf and Le Pavilion, where its 62 shops offer a great variety of items, ranging from international brands to local designs and duty-free goods. Le Caudan Waterfront caters to all eating preferences, in an incomparable setting featuring a beautiful view over the Port Louis Harbour, with laid-back coffee bars, pastry counters, icecream vendors and numerous friendly pubs.
This evening we’ll meet for a Special Dinner in the hotel, accompanied by a local Jazz Band. B,D
Once we land, we will be taken through immigration and customs procedures and board our coaches that will take us to the
Protea Winkler Hotel - near the gates of Kruger Park. As one of the oldest and largest reserves in Africa, Kruger Park boasts
a tremendous variety of game and bird life in its numerous habitats. An early evening game drive will take us by open 4 x 4
vehicles into the Park’s Nkambeni Reserve.
We’ll enjoy a Sundowner drink before returning to the hotel for dinner. B,IFL,D
Today, we’ll depart on a full-day game drive in our open 4x4 vehicles - giving us a chance to encounter the “Big Five” (lion,
leopard, African elephant, black rhinoceros and Cape buffalo), in addition to the plethora of other animals that inhabit the
area, including: giraffes; gazelles; zebras; wildebeests; cheetahs; hyenas; jackals; baboons; a multitude of bird species and
many, many more.
We’ll stop at Skukuza Restcamp for lunch.
This evening, we’ll enjoy a Special Private BBQ Dinner on the banks of the Boma River, with traditional Shangaan dancers performing for us. B,L,SD
Following a brief flight across South Africa, we arrive in Cape Town and drive directly to Table Mountain - one of the city’s greatest attractions. We’ll take the revolving cable car - whisking us to the Mountain top in a just a few minutes. The views in all directions are magnificent and the feeling of being on top of the world is what makes this such a popular destination. Dinner will be served at leisure this evening. B,IFL,D
One of the most beautiful cities in South Africa, Cape Town is strategically situated at the south-western tip of Africa. The
city lies about 60km north of Cape Point, in a natural bowl flanked by the magnificent Table Mountain on one side and the
vast Atlantic Ocean on the other. Our tour today takes us to view many points of interest in and around Cape Town and
along the Atlantic Coastline, to Chapman’s Peak and Cape Point. We’ll see the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach and
stop for a seafood lunch at the Seaforth Restaurant.
This evening, we’ll have a Private Dinner at the hotel - with a guest speaker and a surprise guest. B,SL,SD
This morning, we board our coaches to catch the Ferry to Robben Island - a place of banishment, isolation and
imprisonment for centuries. The highlight of our tour is a visit to the infamous Maximum Security Prison, a World Heritage
Site, where we’ll be shown around by a former political prisoner and see the cell in which Nelson Mandela spent so many
years. After a light lunch at the Victoria & Alfred (“V & A”) Waterfront, we’ll continue on a sightseeing tour of Cape Town,
including a visit to the National Museum and the “District Six” Museum.
This evening, we depart for a Private Dinner at the Natida Restaurant. While dining, we will be entertained by the Cape Minstrels. B,SL,SD
After breakfast this morning, we depart to the Airport for our trans-Atlantic flight to Rio. We’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to our hotel. B,IFL,IFM
This morning, we’ll be introduced to one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, starting at the famous beach
districts and our first sight of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The downtown business district is next, with it’s contrasts of colonial and
modern architecture. We will take a helicopter flight, for a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city from the sky, where we’ll
see the Rio Beach districts, Flamingo Park, Sugar Loaf, Botafogo Harbour, Corcovado Mountain, as well as fantastic views of
Guanabara Bay and the surrounding mountains. Our helicopters will land us directly on Urca Hill, part of the Sugar Loaf
complex. Here, we’ll have the option of enjoying the view from the Hill or taking a second cable car to the Summit of Sugar
Loaf Mountain itself.
We’ll have lunch at the Real Estoria Restaurant, strategically located at the water’s edge on Botafogo Harbour. This afternoon, a shuttle service brings us to Ipanema and Barra shopping districts. Evening at leisure. B,SL
After breakfast, we depart the hotel in our coaches - driving directly to the main railway station in Cosme Velho to board the train to the top of Corcovado Mountain - bringing us only steps away from the 125 foot Statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the “New7Wonders of the World”. At 2,400 feet above the city, we’ll enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Rio. Later, we’ll enjoy a unique Brazilian BBQ lunch at the famous Churrascaria Porcão Ipanema Restaurant, located on the water’s edge of Guanabara Bay and offering another majestic view of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Afternoon at leisure with dinner at our hotel this evening. B,SL,D
After breakfast, we transfer to Rio’s International Airport for our brief flight to lguaçu. Upon our arrival, we transfer directly to
the Hotel das Cataratas, at the edge of the spectacular Falls.
This afternoon, our Tour starts in front of our perfectly situated hotel. We’ll descend on-foot, along the walkways, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Falls - where the lguaçu River drops into a gigantic canyon. We’ll continue on to the panoramic elevator and lookout point for picture taking and experience the roaring thunder and majestic exuberance of the Falls.
Next, we’ll transfer to the Macuco Trail, located within the lguacu National Park, and board Jeeps for a three kilometre ride through the Rain Forest. The Trail brings us to the banks of the lguacu Canyon, where we’ll board twin-engine inflatable boats - specially designed for our local river conditions. We cruise up into lguaçu Canyon, and shoot-the-rapids to the very base of the majestic waterfalls. As our experienced River Pilots safely maneuver in the midst of the Falls themselves, we’ll experience the thrill of a different and breathtaking view of the Falls - an adventure never to be forgotten.
Dinner at hotel tonight. B,IFL,D
After breakfast this morning, we depart to the Airport for our flight to Caracas, on the North Coast of South America. We’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to our hotel. B,IFL,D
Today, we will tour the sights in and around Caracas. We’ll visit the Quinta Anauco - which portrays life during the colonial
era; the historic quarter - where we’ll visit the Panteon Nacional, Plaza Bolivar and the Cathedral - a viewpoint which offers a
panoramic view of the city; and the charming colonial quarter of El Hatillo - with its picturesque houses; as well as, the
best and biggest handcraft shop in Venezuela.
Tonight, we will have an unforgettable farewell banquet with live music and dancing. B,L,SD
We will have seen many Wonders of the World, experienced cultures east to west, landscapes from deserts to jungles and made many new friends - but, sadly, we’ll have to bear-down on our respective suitcases one-last-time on our World Tour - as we head back to the Airport for our final flight together - Home to Canada. B,IFM
The Outrigger Reef Hotel 4* is located directly on Waikiki Beach and has recently undergone a $110 million renovation. The Hotel features an island-style environment and is surrounded by Waikiki’s inviting restaurants and shops. The 639 rooms combine inviting hospitality, timeless Hawaiian tradition and elegant modern style - to create a distinctive Waikiki resort ambience. In addition to numerous beach activities, including: surfing lessons; outrigger canoe rides and catamaran sailing - the Outñgger Reef on the Beach offers: a pool and sundeck; fitness centre; a day spa and shops.
4* MV Reef Endeavour's small size means she can negotiate remote reefs, islands and shallow bays, where bigger ships just cannot go. Yet, her innovative design provides many big ship extra comforts including: swimming pool and spa pools; staterooms that open directly onto the outside deck; extensive timber-laid leisure decks and an embarkation platform with a lift from the water level to the main deck. The 65 Staterooms have two windows per room and open onto the outside deck, with a pnvate bathroom ensuite. Facilities include: swimming pool; spa; sun deck; sauna; glass bottomed-boat; snorkeling and dive vessels: pool bar; cocktail bar with baby grand piano; lounge; singlesitting dining saloon; gift shop; library and guest laundry.
Situated in the heart of Auckland, the Skycity Hotel 4* is modern and spacious and is adjacent to the Skycity complex that has a world-class casino, more than 25 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, and the iconic Sky Tower - the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The 344 airconditioned guestrooms are tastefully furnished with modern amenities. The Hotel offers many amenities, including a fitness centre, a swimming pool and sauna.
The Millennium Hotel is the largest 4* deluxe hotel in Rotorua and is perfectly situated in the heart of the city, overlooking Lake Rotorua and only 10 minutes from the Airport. The Hotel offer 227 rooms with modern comforts and are decorated in inviting tones and hues - for an enjoyable and relaxing stay. Hotel amenities include: laundry service; gym - with sauna and plunge pool; spa - with private spa pools and large heated swimming pool.
The Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay 5* is the perfect hotel for those seeking a truly “Sydney” experience. This downtown Sydney hotel is situated on the doorstep of a shopping Mecca and just moments away from the historic “Rocks District”. The Hotel has 550 tastefully appointed guest rooms - all recently renovated. The Hotel provides a wide range of facilities including: swimming pool; sauna; solarium, massage; beauty therapist; laundry and dry clean ing services; pressing and shoe shine.
The Desert Gardens Hotel 4* is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Each of the 218 rooms of the Desert Gardens features the unique flora of the Central Australian Desert. It has a large swimming pool and sun deck area. The Ayers Rock Resort also offers guests the use of four other swimming pools, two tennis courts, the Mulgara Art Gallery and a jogging track. From Desert Gardens you can stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts where you can view some of the most amazing Australian sunset with the colours playing across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.
Secluded within the boundanes of the exclusive neighbourhood of Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s southern coast, InterContinental Bali Resort 5* covers 35 acres of tropical landscape. Blessed with an endless stretch of white sandy beach, the resort features ornamental ponds, a winding lagoon and aesthetic stonework. The 418-room resort was designed to blend modern convenience with elements of traditional Balinese architecture. Hotel amenities indude: Art Gallery; health spa; game room; Jacuzzi; sauna and steam room; swim-up bar; swimming pool including fresh water pools; tennis court and beauty salon, as well as offering water sports and fishing.
Set in a prime location on the city’s lively waterfront, the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel 5* forms part of the Caudan Complex of shops, restaurants, pubs and cinemas - located only minutes from the Mauñtian capital of Port Louis and the Cyber City. All 109 rooms have been recently renovated and are elegantly appointed and stylishly furnished in cool, soft colours. They reflect the serene ambiance of the hotel and offer a wonderfully tranquil haven. Hotel amenities include: gym; swimming pool; massage/beauty centre; sauna; bath/hot tub and beauty salon.
Effortiess comfort, open spaces and Afncan nature at your doorstep - “Protea Hotel The Winkler” 4* epitomises the beauty, warmth and tranquillity of the unique Mpumalanga Province. With it’s ideal location, Protea Hotel The Winkler is a perfect spot from which to explore the beautiful surrounding area, which offers attractions including Blyde River Canyon, Sabie Waterfalls and Pilgrim’s Rest. The hotel comprises 87 stylish en-suite and air-conditioned rooms, offenng a relaxed ambience, A variety of amenies and activities are available on-site, including: a swimming pool; tennis court; gift and curio shop; laundry service/dry cleaning and a golf course nearby.
Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel 4* is located at the entrance to the exciting Cape Town Waterfront and is only a 20-minute dnve from the Cape Town International Airport. Guest rooms are spacious, with each offehng views of either Table Mountain or the Waterfront. The 416 guest rooms are luxuously appointed, with deluxe bathrooms and all the amenities you’d expect from a four-star hotel. Hotel amenities include; gym; outdoor swimming pool; bar; laundry services and a spa and wellness centre.
The Sheraton Barra Hotel & Suites 5* is an oasis of calm, surrounded by the excitement and acvity of one of Rio’s fastest growing areas. The one and only international five-star hotel on Barra da Tijuca Beach - the oceanfront location provides easy access to the most important points in the city, all in a warm atmosphere. The Hotel offers 292 spacious and tastefully decorated rooms, with an array of modern amenities to provide maximum comfort - all offenng private balconies. Recreational facilities at the Hotel include a fitness centre, swimming pool and spa.
The only hotel located within the lguacu National Park, Hotel das Cataratas 5* enjoys an unnvalled location - just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls. Guests enjoy exclusive access to the magnificent Falls in the evening and at dawn, when the Park is closed to other visitors. The Hotel has 193 rooms decorated in a Portuguese style, featuring painngs of the local flora and fauna. Hotel amenities include: 24-hour room service; swimming pool; tennis court; Cataratas Spa; bars; shopping boutique; laundry service and a lookout point with breathtaking views of lguaçu Falls. The Hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens, where delicate orchids grow.
The Centro Lido Hotel 4* is located within the heart of the city’s most important business district. This luxury hotel is part of the “Centro Lido Mall”, known as an important financial centre of Caracas, overlooking Francisco de Miranda avenue at El Rosal, and 40 minutes away from the Simon Bolivar International Airport. The Hotel features 102 beautifully appointed guestrooms with traditional English and modem interior designs and featung stunning views of the city. Hotel Centro Lido has: a spa; steam room & sauna; fitness facility; laundry facilities and dry cleaning/laundry services.
Most of the pictures below were taken on the 2011 Southern Hemisphere World Tour (some courtesy of Morgan &Mare Mc Cague)
Our private jet accommodates a maximum of 72 travelers on an aircraft typically designed to hold 180 passengers. Travelers are divided into two groups, each with its own Tour Leader. Travelers stay with this group and Leader for the entire Tour and get to know each other quite well - providing a small group experience within the larger tour. When we're touring by motorcoach, each group will typically have its own coach and local guide and may visit sites in a different order. Under-filling full size coaches offers an added level of comfort.
Our tours are hosted and escorted by experienced and dedicated Leaders who love what they do. Although their focus is ensuring you enjoy and get the most out of your holiday, as well as working hard to resolve any issues that may arise, they enjoy their responsibilities not so much as a job, but as part of the group. They recognize that every trip is one of discovery and of making new friends. Their reward is to see that you have the best time of your life.
The same crew stays with us for the entire trip. Typically, we'll have three Pilots, four Fight Attendants and a Flight Engineer.
We fly during the day generally departing after 10:00 am. Meals and beverages are served onboard.
Appetizing meals and open bar on the aircraft, a wide variety of foods at hotels and restaurants - often buffet style so diners can pick and choose and sample foreign - local fare.
Malaria prophylaxis and Yellow Fever protection is highly recommended. lease consult with your Travel Health Clinic.
Due to the nature of this tour, passengers must be healthy and mobile. In fairness to the other travelers, preferential consideration cannot be extended. Special need facilities will not be available, nor special assistive devices accommodated (e.g. wheelchairs or walkers).
Baggage allowance is limited to one check-in suitcase plus one carry-on bag per person, for expediency in handling. Gratuities are included for your check- in suitcase only.
We stay in 4 and 5 star hotels wherever available.
The aircraft is configured with 80 “big” (business class style) seats with ample legroom and a wider aisle.
In addition to the free time included in the itinerary, travelers can also opt- out of any day's tour.
Our Tours offer more value for the price compared to those offered by others. We stay at desnaons longer, include more sightseeing and evening events with virtually everything included! Our Tour starts in your choice of Toronto or Vancouver.
In general, dress for our Tours is casual in the daytime and “smart casual” for evenings.
A soft-sided nylon bag will be given to you in which to store your winter coat, hat and gloves in. This will be stowed in the cargo hold of the aircraft until needed.
Medical assistance is available at all our destinations. Medical insurance is highly recommended.
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SPECIAL ASSISTANCE: Due to the nature of this tour, passengers must be healthy and mobile. In fairness to the other travellers, preferential consideration cannot be extended. Special need facilities will not be available, nor special assistive devices accommodated (e.g. wheelchairs or walkers).
WILLING TO SHARE: We can assist those who would like to share by exchanging phone numbers and city/town only, with other persons wishing to share.
RESERVATIONS: are confirmed upon receipt of your payment. Information updates will be sent during the time between your booking and departure. Information material, final documentation and tickets will be sent to you by courier approximately 2 weeks before departure. Space is limited on the Tour - early booking is recommended.
MEALS: Meals will be provided as per the itinerary.
B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, SL - Special Lunch, D - Dinner, SD - Special Dinner, IFL - In-Flight Lunch, IFD - In-Flight Dinner, IFM - In-Flight Meal
BAGGAGE: Baggage allowance is limited to one check-in suitcase and one carry- on bag per person, (for expediency in handling). Gratuities are included for only one suitcase per person. Carry-on bag is the responsibility of the passenger at all times. No responsibility is incurred for loss of, or damage to, tour members' baggage and property by Macro Diamond Baggage insurance is available.
PORTERAGE: Will be provided whenever possible for the check-in suitcase only.
CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS: 100% of the fees will be refunded before August 22, 2013 due to special reasons with explanations. Deposits will not be refunded after August 22, 2013, but might be able to get credits for next year’s activity.
INSURANCE: Trip cancellation, health and accident insurance coverage is available and more information will be available to you upon registration.
RESPONSIBILITY: Macro Diamond acts as agent only for the various owners and contractors providing means of transportation and/or other services, and all certificates and other travel documents are subject to any and all of the terms and conditions specified by the supplier and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied.
The participant agrees that neither Macro Diamond , nor its affiliates, officers,
employees and tour director/leaders/escorts/hosts/hostesses shall be liable for
any damage, delay inconvenience or loss (including personal injury, death and
property loss) or expense occasioned by any act, error or omission of any supplier
providing tour services or of any other person, nor can they assume responsibility
for losses or additional expense due to delay or changes in air or other services,
sickness, strike, terrorism, war, quarantine, pilferage, theft, monetary chsis,
political or social unrest, labour problems, weather disturbances, local law,
disease, dangerous situation or any act of God. Macro Diamond assumes no
responsibility nor liability for any means of transportation used in the service of the
Macro Diamond reserves the right to reject any person as a participant should this person impede the operation of the trip, or affect the participation or enjoyment of other participants. To make changes or substitutions in any aspect of the itinerary including sightseeing, meals, meal venues, accommodation, flight times or schedules, aircraft or any other transportation whenever Macro Diamond or the supplier deems it necessary for any reason without prior notice. To change the order of events if necessary. To cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of sufficient passengers or the unavailability of a suitable aircraft. To substitute a tour director/leader/host if necessary.
Macro Diamond reserves the right to reject any person as a participant should this person impede the operation of the trip, or affect the participation or enjoyment of other participants. To make changes or substitutions in any aspect of the itinerary including sightseeing, meals, meal venues, accommodation, flight times or schedules, aircraft or any other transportation whenever Macro Diamond or the supplier deems it necessary for any reason without prior notice. To change the order of events if necessary. To cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of sufficient passengers or the unavailability of a suitable aircraft. To substitute a tour directorfleaderlhost if necessary.
The pnce of the program is based on tariffs and rates in effect in March 2013 and is subject to change. Any tariff, exchange rate or fuel surcharge may be passed on to the participants. It is understood that the air ticket shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the airline concerned. The airline concerned is not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event dunng the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Macro Diamond does not accept liability for any carrier’s cancellation penalty or change fee incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket connected with the tour.
ITINERARY AND FLIGHT CHANGES: Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the tour as planned, however, should any unforeseen event occur that would require the itinerary to be altered, we reserve the right to do so in the best interest of the group. The operation of all the flights are subject to foreign governments’ approval. In the event that a landing or flyover right cannot be obtained by the carrier, at our discretion, alternative arrangements will be made.
HEALTH and DOCUMENTS: It is the responsibility of each individual to make sure they have the required inoculations, visas and a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of travel.
MAPS: are for demonstration purposes only and may not be to scale nor show the tour routing exactly as per the itinerary. Pictures and diagrams are for illustration purposes only.
PHOTOGRAPHY and VIDEOS: We reserve the right to take photographs and/or videos during the tour for promotional purposes. If you prefer your image not be used, please notify us prior to the tour.
SMOKING: Not allowed on aircraft or coaches.
NOTICE ON PRIVACY: When booking a trip though Macro Diamond you are
entrusting us with personal information that we need to use in the course of organizing
the trip you have chosen.
While our employees and administration need to have access to that information in order to arrange your trip, we have taken measures to protect your privacy. Only limited and essential information is disclosed to the airlines, tour operators, cruise lines, insurance companies and other suppliers, for the sole purpose of arranging your particular trip. We are committed to maintaining your right to privacy and have established policies and procedures regarding the way we treat your personal information. To find out more about how we protect your privacy, please inquire.