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Originally Travelworks tours had a "travel with a purpose" theme, for example: gardening, heritage, architecture, but, in recent years, they have become more focused on specific destinations, adding points of special interest within the itinerary. Artisans in Japan, invitation-only gardens in the Hawaiian archipelago, a diplomatic staff backgrounder in Vietnam, little known wildflower areas in Western Australia, and much more.

After a quarter of a century successfully operating tours, Ralph and Jenny have decided it is time to retire and are delighted to have found a suitable home for Travelworks with Golden Compass.

Under the Travelworks name, Golden Compass will continue to offer tours to destinations such as Japan, Vietnam, Western Australia and other interesting places traditionally operated by Travelworks NZ Ltd and Ralph and Jenny Levinson will continue, at least for a while, to assist in the development and putting together of these and other tours, lending their special expertise. We look forward to sharing our new tour ideas with you very soon.

Travelworks clients will now also have the opportunity to join some of the exciting and popular small group educational travel programs for like-minded mature adults which Golden Compass has successfully operated in Europe for many years. You can see examples of these with the exploration of the Scottish Islands program or an adventure in Morocco or a comprehensive tour of the Baltic States to a detailed discovery of Eastern Europe, all in the pages of this website.

Golden Compass was founded in 1995 by Mark and Caroline Goodwin and has been successfully operating for over 18 years. The company is fully bonded in the UK by the Civil Aviation Authority, is an Off-Shore Member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and has also applied for TAANZ bonding in New Zealand.

Golden Compass has now set up its own operation in New Zealand (and in Australia shortly) in order to offer its unique educational tours of the UK, Europe and North Africa to New Zealand & Australian participants. The New Zealand company was jointly started by Mark Goodwin & Alison Dale, whom many of you may already be acquainted with and who has had many years of selling and managing educational tour arrangements for New Zealanders.

You can contact Alison on our freecall number 0800 132 385 to help you with your enquiries and make your booking.

Easy

Most of the cities and towns visited on this program can be explored by coach, where walking tours are relatively short and generally on the flat and all hotels have lifts with easily accessible rooms.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover better the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.

If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

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Guaranteed Departure. Discover the golden age of European architecture, art and gardens on a stunning 19 night fully guided journey incorporating the art of the Dutch Masters and French Impressionism. Visit the great European gardens of Keukenhof, the Hortus Botanicus, Het Loo, the Royal glasshouses of Brussels, Chantilly and Versailles. Experience the architecture of Roman Trier, Charlamagne's Aachen, medieval Bruges, Gothic Amiens, neo-Gothic Cologne and unforgettable Paris. We also take time to pay our respects to the fallen of the two great wars with pilgrimages to the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux and the Somme.

This program is a Guaranteed Departure, commencing in Amsterdam on 01 May 2014, and concluding in Paris on 20 May

Golden Compass Early Bird Booking Discount! $300 off per person on each booking made before

13 December 2013.