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We are the team dedicated to finding the holiday to suit you! Perhaps somewhere with great food, food that also feeds your soul. Or a great value family holiday full of priceless memories.
Wherever it is you dream about, we can make a reality.
So we invite you to come visit us in store and meet our team. We have over 100 years of combined travel experience, and a lot more life experience that some of us would care to acknowledge!
Here you'll begin the journey on your dream holiday. Sometimes it is hard to believe it’s our job to build dreams. It’s a wonderful reward for us to hear about the awesome experiences of our clients (the HOT family) on return from their various holiday destinations.
We are here to assist, inspire and take away any worries you may have, and save you possibly the most valuable commodity in modern society, time! We use our knowledge and experience doing what we do best; finding the best connections, destinations and documentation details so that all set in place for the holiday tailored specifically to suit you.
Have you ever wondered why people build sandcastles? All that time and effort to building to what purpose as it will just get washed away? We have thought about it, and our answer is that at the end of the day we know that life is not about the things you have, or that you can tangibly touch, but about the experiences and enjoyment of the many memories we create.
And that’s what holidays are all about, enriching lives through travel.
Jill Worrall Tours in partnership with HOT Riccarton
All Jill Worrall’s tours are run solely in conjunction with House of Travel Riccarton. Moray Johnston is the dedicated JWT consultant, who looks after bookings, flights and any extra travel you might wish to do before or after a JWTour. This partnership offers you the security that your money is safe and that JW Tours have the back-up of the House of Travel’s extensive network and expertise in case of any travel issues. Jill’s overseas operators and tour organisers are almost always people with whom she has a personal connection and who are experts at tour planning.
Jill Worrall is a Canterbury-based tour operator and manager who has been running tours around the globe for nearly 20 years. Over this time, she has taken more than 60 groups – more than 1000 people - to destinations ranging from the Russian Arctic to Sri Lanka, Mongolia to Morocco. She also runs highly successful tours to more mainstream destinations, including Ireland, Italy and Croatia.
Jill is also one of New Zealand’s most successful travel writers. She’s been named New Zealand Travel Writer of the Year, has won two Qantas Media Awards for feature writing and a wealth of other awards and has published three travel books.
Jill receives outstanding feedback on her tours and she has about a 90 per cent return client base. Many of her clients have travelled with her more than 10 times. She is recognised as highly organised, works tirelessly to make sure her travellers are well cared for and have memorable holiday, deals calmly and efficiently with the unexpected and most importantly, is lots of fun to travel with! All crucial attributes in these uncertain times.
So, if you’re longing to enjoy some overseas travel again there’s no-one better than Jill to take you.
Scandinavia and the Northern Lights
January 28 to February 17, 2024
This tour is going to take us through Norway, Sweden and Finland and is timed to give us the very best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. This can never be guaranteed but there are so many other remarkable experiences and sights on this amazing tour.
We’re going to start with a tour of Sweden’s capital Stockholm. including a visit to see the 17th century Vasa galleon, before taking an overnight ferry to Finland’s capital Helsinki. Then we head north right on to the Arctic Circle to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, to visit a reindeer farm and Santa’s Village. Then we will spend a night in a glass-roofed igloo (ensuring a warm, luxurious bed from which to look for the Northern Lights!) and have an option to try snow-mobiling. At Lake Inari we get to try ice-fishing before crossing into Norway to visit the home of the Sami people of northern Norway.
We’ll eventually reach almost 70 degrees north at Alta and stay in an amazing ice hotel. I’ve included a ride with a sled dog team, a visit to a Sami family and then, in Tromso, we’ll be boarding a cruise for a three-night journey through the Norwegian fjords to Bergen and finally fly to Oslo.
Our cruise will take us through magnificent fjords and includes the Alesund Archipelago, taking us away from all possible light pollution and giving us yet another chance to experience the Northern Lights.
Vietnam and Cambodia
March 27 to April 15, 2024
This tour is specifically designed to appeal to people who are looking for destinations closer to home. I am also a great fan of river cruising so a special feature of this tour will be a seven-day (approx) cruise on the lower Mekong River. There will be many day excursions from the ship that will introduce us to local life in both Vietnam and Cambodia. Along with this cruise will be tours of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and, of course, a visit to the Angor Wat, the largest religious site in the world, a World Heritage site and possibly the most important destinations for visitors in all of South-East Asia. We will also travel to northern Vietnam to see the city of Hanoi and join a two-night cruise around the wonders of Halong Bay.
Central America Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama
I love Central America and this will be my third tour to the region. Costa Rica is famed for its wildlife and stunning scenery and we’ll be travelling through this country with my wonderful guide and good friend German Rojas, who I know many of you have had the pleasure of travelling with before. Guatemala is also on the itinerary where we will visit one of the best preserved and most beautiful colonial-era towns in all of the Americas, Antigua, stay beside the high-altitude Lake Atitlan and visit probably the best Mayan ruins in all of Central America, Tikal. Details of the third Central American country on the tour will be available soon.
Epic Eastern Canada
This tour is going to include most, if not all of the following regions and islands – New Brunswick Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Foundland and Labrador. It’s also been scheduled to give us the best chances to see whales, puffins and if we’re very lucky, icebergs. There will be quintessential coastal scenery, picturesque fishing villages, history and wildlife.
Zambia, Botswana and Namibia
We’ll be visiting one of the best and most underrated national parks in all of Africa, South Luangwa in Zambia and, of course, the Victoria Falls. We will also be spending time in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the world’s great natural wonders, and touring through some of the wildlife and scenic highlights of Namibia. I love Africa and if I could only ever do one more trip in my life, it would almost certainly be an African safari. This will be a tour of great contrasts from deserts to deltas to vast plains and will offer us a chance to see a huge variety of wildlife.
It probably seems an age ago but many of you who came with me on my last tour to India asked me and our wonderful Indian guide Kush to come up with a tour to South India. And we have! We’re going to start in Chennai (formerly Madras), visit the most stunning Hindu temples in all of India, experience the hill country with its tea and spice plantations, visit the extraordinary Chettinad region, cruise the Kerala backwaters and as a grand finale see the Mysore Palace, one of the most stunning and largest royal residences in all of India. If you are interested in any of these tours, please do register your interest soon as some of these tours will have very restricted numbers. Expressing interest in the tours doesn’t commit you to anything but does mean you will be first to receive the full itinerary and prices as they become available.
If you would like to receive a full itinerary of any of these tours, it’s very easy! Either call Moray on 03 3341 3900 or email her at email@example.com and we will have the info to you straightaway. Moray can also help with your queries about flights and travel before and after the tour. If you’d like to know more about the tour destinations Jill is very happy to talk to you in person over a cuppa at a time and place convenient to you, or by phone 027 538 995 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
House of Travel Riccarton is an IATA-bonded consultancy, managed by dedicated and passionate Owner Operators with many years of experience. We offer a commitment to helping Jill Worrall provide the very best by way of hassle-free adventures.
Moray Johnston is dedicated full time as a Jill Worrall Specialist, looking after all aspects of the booking process and will coordinate your entire travel experience from flights, tours, insurance and visa’s.
Having lived in Europe, the Middle East and Australia her travels have led her to some diverse destinations from the Great Wall of China to sailing a felucca on the Nile; from the Medinas of Marrakech to the wildlife Eden of Botswana’s Okavango delta; from the Riviera coastline of Cinque Terra to the picture postcard island of Santorini; from the skyscrapers of New York to ancient city of Petra.
Moray has enjoyed a decades-long career in the travel industry, ranging from arranging travel adventures for leisure travellers and escorting groups to complex travel schedules for high-powered executive business trips.
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