In September 2019, Graham escorted a tour of the Five Stans - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. For more than 2000 years Central Asia has been the focus of ancient east-west trade routes known as the Silk Road. This magnificent 28-day tour to this geographically diverse and historically fascinating region promises to be a truly memorable journey through Central Asia! This part of the globe is home to great steppes, magical deserts, fertile valleys and some of the highest mountains in the world. The scenery is breathtaking and remarkably varied, with green/blue glacial lakes, saw-toothed mountains, red rock Read more
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In March 2020, Graham will be leading a tour to Antarctica, South Georgia, Elephant Island and the Falklands. The 21 day tour will sail from Ushuaia, Argentina on the Greg Mortimer ship. The tour will take in Drake Passage, the Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island, the Scotia Sea, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and Santiago. Expedition Highlights: Step ashore on the Antarctic Peninsula Visit Point Wild on Elephant Island (weather/conditions permitting) South Georgia's king penguins, seals and seabirds Follow Shackleton's footsteps in South Georgia Whale-sighting while crossing the Scotia Sea Wondrous wildlife breeding cycles at their peak Proposed Itinerary For Read more
I was overawed by Moscow, the Red Square, the Kremlin, Tsar’s palaces, war history, communism, KGB, poverty and long queues for food, I remember thinking what a horrible country to live in. Remnants still exist of most of these today but I was impressed immensely with Moscow and St Petersburg and will put it on my agenda to go back, sooner rather than later. There is so much to see and the few days we had was not long enough. We missed the space museum, Victory Hill and the War Museum. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Read more
How many countries in this world can claim their Gross Domestic Product is “Happiness” Bhutan is the only country who can claim this feat. It’s a little country with only 750,000 inhabitants. It is in a valleys surrounded by the Might Himalayas, it is also a carbon neutral country. You almost want to go and live there. I did a photographic tour with my good friends David Oliver and Peter Eastway. Both Grandmaster photographers who are exceptional and highly regarded in the photographic industry. They constantly banter about which is the best genre, portraiture, David Oliver’s specialty or landscape Read more
In May through to July 2017 we packed the caravan and headed out to travel down to Bright in Victoria and catch the last of the beautiful autumn colours which make Bright one of the most popular places at this time of the year. Following the Murray we headed for Port Augusta ready for our inland journey up through the centre. One of my favourite places is the painted desert in South Australia just outside of Coober Pedy. Leaving the van at one of the road houses we headed out for the day. This is one of those spectacular Read more
Magnificent Rajasthan, India Someone has to do it, someone has to get out and do something different. So I did, taking my son Brad with me we headed to ride motorbikes through the beautiful and magnificent land of the Maharajas, incredible fortresses and spectacular palaces and not forgetting the Taj Mahal. We actually met a real Maharaja, we stayed in his Palace, very unassuming and quietly spoken he sat with as dinner and talked about him growing up in the same palace we were sitting in eating dinner. It’s incredible to believe we were sitting with a 10th generation Read more
Incredible Tibet This is one of those countries you only dream of going to more so if you are doing it on a motorbike. Very strict entry rules apply as the Chinese are very conscious of the strong followings of the Dali Lama and the unrest that is inbuilt to the native Tibetans. At the airport the go through all of your reading material and anything remotely close to the Deli Lama is confiscated. The security police are very obvious taking photos of everyone who enters main public buildings. Tibet is still very isolated to Europeans and as a Read more
When I left Tony in Ushuaia earlier in the year to fly home he continued up the Chilean Fjords to Puerto Mont. He left the boat there for the winter with the aim to sail it back to Ushuaia for the summer season taking trips back to Antarctica. I flew back with Tony to Puerto Mont to restock the boat and sail it down to Punta Arenas and then onto Ushuaia. There were 7 of us on the boat this trip including Tony’s new skipper who was to take this summer’s trips back to Antarctica. We set out in Read more
The Mawson’s Hut Antarctic Expedition opened many doors for me and one of the most important was the confidence to step out of my comfort zone. I had never travelled by myself before, in actual fact I hadn’t done a real lot of travel overseas apart from the traditional Canadian trip and European trips. This was really my first solo adventure journey and what a great journey it turned out to be. Reading the Sunday papers I found an advertisement by Peregrine tours for a trip to Mach Picchu and if you wanted there was a side trip up Read more
In 2003, I was part of an incredible adventure to Douglas Mawson’s Hut in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica. Tony Mowbray, well known Australian sailor and now my very good friend planned an expedition to sail to Commonwealth bay to Mawson’s Hut in 2003/4 in his very small 43 foot fibreglass yacht. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the five man team to go. It was an incredible journey to the coldest and windiest place on earth. My fellow team members and I suffered agonising long and freezing days steering the boat with waves constantly washing over Read more