Wildlife, Cultural, Landscape Tour & Workshops
Nick Melidonis and Aaron Dowling
March 27th – April 8th 2017
13 days, 12 nights
$6,349 – Early bird and loyalty discounts apply
Enjoy an extraordinary experience in a fabled jungle-clad land that has captured the imagination of explorers and adventurers for centuries. Master photographer Nick Melidonis and professional photographer Aaron Dowling together with expert local guides, will introduce you to the exotic highlights of Borneo, visiting the prime viewing areas for orangutans, proboscis monkeys and other wildlife in both Sarawak and Sabah in this tropical paradise in comfort. This is a rare opportunity to see and learn how to capture powerful images in an area that is fast disappearing while enjoying the cultural richness of the region. Non photographers will also enjoy this rich diversity of experiences while still learning to enduring memories.
A melting pot of indigenous peoples, cultures, and traditions, Borneo is set amid a landscape that ranges from the world’s oldest rainforest to the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Your Exotic Borneo experience includes visits and boat trips to spectacular national parks, longhouses and ethnic villages to capture striking landscapes and portraits of the colourful inhabitants as well as stunning wildlife.
Tour highlights include:
- Discover the colonial splendours of the White Raja era in the colourful capital Kuching.
- Explore the Sarawak River as far as the South China Sea and visit old, historic villages on stilts.
- Visit a traditional bamboo longhouse.
- Marvel at the antics of the orangutans in their tropical jungle sanctuaries in the prime viewing locations in both Sarawak and Sabah.
- Enjoy a day at Bako National Park, home to flora and fauna you simply cannot see anywhere but Borneo.
- Get up close to the strange and exotic proboscis monkeys at a private sanctuary in Sabah.
- Relax at the Cultural Village which showcases Sarawak’s unique and diverse cultures and traditions.
- Unwind at a beach resort with its sandy beaches fringed with tropical palms.
- Enjoy a comfortable stay and an experience at an eco- retreat in the river and jungles of Borneo
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THE HIDDEN JEWELS OF GREECE - SEPTEMBER 2017
15 days, 14 nights
Sept 15th – Sept 29th 2017 (two places available due to cancellation)
New tour scheduled due to demand for May 11th -25th AUD$6,250
$5,950 – loyalty discounts apply
‘Sugar cube’ style houses spill down the slopes, waters are crystal clear turquoise and all shades of blue, food is fresh, healthy Mediterranean fare and there are unexpected paths leading to ancient monuments. After taking happy explorers on 17 previous tours to his homeland of Greece, Nick will use his amazing insider’s knowledge to lead this small personal tour to some of the hidden secrets of the Aegean Sea.
This travel adventure will be a relaxing journey through some of Greece’s hidden jewel islands, with enough time at each destination for your personal exploration and interaction with local Greek people. The tranquil charms of the small islands in the West Cyclades have a timeless atmosphere. Their distinctive white architecture and narrow streets reveal colourful surprises around every corner.
Each island is different. There is stunning scenery for photography and for those interested in activity, we have options for our group to enjoy. All activities are voluntary and will be arranged according to the wishes of our travellers.
Photography and iPhonography: Nick, an award-winning master photographer, will show you how to creatively use your camera in dawn to dusk variations of Aegean light. He’ll also introduce ways of using your iPhone to create photographs you thought were only possible with SLR cameras.;
Cuisine: Come to the markets with us and where possible, join cooks and chefs at hotels and restuarants for demonstrations on Greek food preparation;
Dance: Eva will bring out the inner dancer in you, teaching elements of the smooth and sinuous movement of belly dancing and traditional Greek dancing that can also develop your party or nightclub technique.
Yoga: Relieve tightness and fatigue with gentle yoga flow at the beach, in the hotel gardens or at local studios. Early morning or late afternoon sessions will be available from Julia
Milos is largely an undiscovered island with spectacular landforms and landscapes. Volcanic in nature, Milos is known as the island of colours thanks to its aqua waters; colourful rock formations and buildings painted in vivid primary tones. This horseshoe-shaped island floats serenely in the Aegean Sea and It was here that the world- famous Venus de Milo statue was discovered.
Sifnos has a dreamlike quality and consists of a string of three whitewashed villages, anchored by its capital, Apollonia, that sit like pearls along the crest of the island. The changing light caresses a landscape of abundant terraced olive groves, almond trees, oleander and aromatic herbs. Each of the island’s bays are a spectrum of aqua waters offering breathtaking vistas. Sifnos is where photographic legend Henri Cartier-Bresson photographed in the 60's. One only needs to look at his world-famous photograph of Flora running home up the narrow steps (see page 7), to understand why he loved this island of bright light and contrasts so much. We will visit and shoot at his favourite sites.
It is said that Folegandros is where the scent of life comes back to you. This untouched jewel of true Greece is an island with wild natural beauty and remains away from mass tourism. Its alluring cliff-top village, Chora is easily one of the most appealing villages in the Cyclades. Our hotel is one of the most stunning I have seen in Greece.
We will discover Naxos, the largest and greenest of the Cyclades, where Theseus lost Ariadne to Dionysus, the God of wine. It has impressively high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops. It also boasts beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with Cycladic cubic houses.
This will be a personal odyssey like no other.
About Your Tour Leaders
Nick Melidonis, Master Photographer and 2016 World Photographic Cup silver medalist, will take you on a personal travel adventure sharing his passion for photography and insider’s knowledge of his homeland Greece.
Eva Cass, an oriental dancing teacher and a wonderful cook, has a rich Greek background. Eva has returned to the Greek islands many times and will share with you her passion for Greek culture, its lifestyle and its fresh Mediterranean cuisine.
Guest yoga instructor
Julia Hayes lived for a short while in Athens in the 70’s and after experiencing a previous Greek tour of the Cyclades Islands with Nick, has yearned to take her yoga friends back with her to practice yoga and meditation on the shores of the Aegean Sea, at Nick's very special locations. Julia, a yoga teacher, is joining as a client on this tour, wanting to share daily yoga with anyone willing to join her on the yoga mat.
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