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Dear Educational Travellers and Friends,  


Amidst all the uncertainty and upheaval in the world at present, our wonderful team around the globe is thinking of you, your families and your friends and we hope that you are safe and well.

We have been in regular contact with our many participants due to travel in the first half of 2020 and they are all aware of our inevitable cancellations. They fully appreciate that our main concern is their safety, along with the well-being of our Program Leaders and suppliers. These are trying times and we would particularly like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our valued participants for the many emails and calls of support we have received in recent weeks.

Regardless of where we live, it is clear that we are facing this challenge together. We are living through an extraordinary world event and it’s certainly not the way we expected to celebrate our Silver Anniversary year!

For many of us, travel fulfills a basic need in our lives and, as Hilaire Belloc once wrote: “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment”. We think we do ‘travel’ pretty well at Golden Compass Tours.

We’ve kept our e-newsletters to a minimum in recent weeks, as our priorities have been to be in constant contact with all our participants due to depart on our many tours during May through to August, providing updates and reassurance. We thank our loyal participants for their understanding during this tumultuous period.

For those of you travelling with us on tours beyond 01 September 2020, we will, in the coming weeks and months, provide you with updates as and when we have them. Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we work through this volatile period.

We are still looking forward to 2021 and many more years of providing you with exciting travel opportunities. We plan to reschedule most of the tours lost from this year’s program at about the same time next year. The Passion Play in Oberammergau has been postponed until 2022 and so we will also be looking at tours to include this extraordinary event in good time. We are also using our time to look at other fascinating possibilities which may be of interest to you. Further details will be sent to you in the coming months.

Although no one has any idea when the threat of the virus will pass, it will – and when it does, we will be here to welcome you on another Golden Compass Tour packed with fulfillment.

Perhaps just a thought for us all in these anxious times! One positive thing to come out of the current situation we are all facing is that people seem to be making much more effort to stay in touch with each other. Perhaps take the time to contact some of your fellow travelling companions to say ‘hi’. We would be happy to put you in touch (complying with all privacy requirements, of course) if you have lost the contact details of those you have travelled with in the past.

In the meantime, stay safe.

Szeged, Hungary 2018

Trans-Caucasus 2019

The 'Stans' 2017

Adriatic Discovery 2019

Singapore in Depth 2018 

Bulgaria and Romania 2019

New Zealand 2020

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From south to north and east to west, we will experience the diverse natural environment of Tasmania while exploring historic and beautiful towns and staying in comfortable hotels and lodges.


Inclusive of field trips, local guides, gratuities and many meals.