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Q. I am an older lady travelling on my own and have three days in Singapore before heading to Europe. How should I plan my stay there? (Shelia from Auckland)

A. For sightseeing, Gardens by the Bay is a must. Head to one of the large Bio Domes and the Cloud forest for an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Also, do a tour that includes Mt Faber and Sentosa Island, and a Hop on Hop off Bus is a great way to see everything the city has to offer. If you want to try uniquely Singaporean cuisine, then you’ll need to taste the Chilli Crab. Head to Chinatown Food Street – good luck making a decision on where to eat though as choices are almost overwhelming! To stay, I would recommend the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel. Location is brilliant, and the Marina and shopping malls are a short walk away.

John Humphrey

Humphrey and Turner Travel Associates

Q. Could you please give me your opinion on the best way to tour France with my husband? A bus tour, a river cruise or drive ourselves? (Judie from Auckland)

A. In my opinion small group touring is the best way to travel around France. It gives you a personalised experience by going through scenic back roads, and gives you peace of mind getting to places on time so you don’t miss out on exploring the beautiful sights. Having it all organised for you means you can just sit back, enjoy, make the most of your trip and create beautiful memories. For small group touring, I definitely recommend any tours with Back-Roads Touring – they’re amazing! “A Taste of Bordeaux 9 Day Tour” is the perfect way to explore South West France, tasting fresh oysters, local sparkling wine and world-famous Bordeaux reds, and the opportunity to visit Albi Cathedral, Lascaux Caves and Chateau de Beynac.

Ilona Szymanska

Chaffey & Szymanska Travel Associates

Q. What are your top tips for travelling in the Golden Triangle in India mid-year? (Tom from Auckland)

A. A small tour group is also fabulous as having people to share dinners with means you can try a variety of food! Try at least one amazing palace stay, such as the Samode Palace near Jaipur. Jaipur is great for buying carpets and other textiles! To get off the beaten path, using a private vehicle is better than a public bus or train. Plus extend your trip to cover more of Rajasthan or Jaisalmer out on the edge of the desert, as well as Jodhpur and Udaipur. I thoroughly recommend the Palace on Wheels train journey for 7 days - only unpack once and see all the highlights in fabulous style.

Sue Grigg

Martin and Grigg Travel Associates

Q. How would I go about organising a trip to Oman – do I need to hire a guide or rent a car? What’s the best time to go and is it possible to do it on a modest budget? (Liz from Wellington)

A. The easiest way to see everything would be to get a guide, so they can do the navigating and you can do the sightseeing. As long as you avoid the summer months (June-August) then Oman is lovely weather wise for the majority of the year. There are many different hotel options catering to all budgets so it’s easily doable on a modest budget.

Hannah Stephenson

Hannagan and Greive Travel Associates

Q. We want to see the big 5 in Africa in 2019 and want to do this in reasonable comfort. Cost-wise, is it better to travel to southern Africa or the Kenya-Tanzania region and what budget do we need? (Peter T. from Whakatane)

A. Heading off to see the big 5 is one of my most memorable experiences. The best area to see the big 5 in their natural habitat would be Kenya/Tanzania with the best viewing months between June – October as this is when the animals are more abundant. During this time, you may even experience the Great Wildebeest Migration. The cost of a trip to Africa depends on many factors including the time of year you travel, and level of accommodation, which ranges from basic camping to luxury tented camps. We have a range of companies offering experiences from small group touring with Intrepid to luxury tours with Abercrombie and Kent who offer authentic, luxurious safaris.

Maree Joll

Joll & Turner Travel Associates

Q. Which cruise would you recommend to see Croatia, and take in some of Greece and Italy and why? Perhaps around 14 days? (Judie from Auckland)

A. Rome to Venice is a typical itinerary that will take in Italy, the Greek Islands and Croatia. I recommend choosing a small cruise ship that will take you right into the smaller ports! These small ship cruise itineraries also allow you longer in most ports, often have late night departures and overnights stays are they are about the local onshore experience. The cruise line you sail with will depend on the time you want to travel, but Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Ponant offer some amazing sailings to see this part of the world!

Michelle Sutton

Travel Associates Sutton and Turner





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