What our clients have to say about their tour and work  with us.

Director of Orchestras - John G. Hermanson USA

Dear Charmaine,

Great Tour Experiences provides just that; they provide great tour experiences. We traveled to Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns) with Charmaine and Adrian, and we could not have had a better experience. They made dealing with 220 people look easy. It was impressive. They provide great service, and they have their hearts in the right place. They’ll do nearly anything to ensure that you have a great experience. I would travel with them again, and I plan on doing so in the future. I highly recommend them for your next tour to Australia or New Zealand.

John G. Hermanson

Director of Orchestras

Alan Dawson
Principal (Richard Johnson Anglican School)

“Charmaine has been working in the travel industry for over 14 years. As a music educator, I have always looked at ways of enriching the musical experiences that students can access while at school. To this end, I have engaged the extremely reliable services of Charmaine and her team on several occasions for overseas music tours, including three visits to NZ and the USA across several schools. Each time the service has been exemplary with Charmaine placing the client's interests and needs at the forefront of planning while keeping tour costs within budget. Each tour has always included on the ground concierge and tour guide services enabling smooth flowing tours. Being a long way from home on tour and having a student lose a passport can be daunting, but Charmaine’s company were with us every step of the way until solutions were at hand. If you're looking for excellent service that moulds to your tour needs, I can highly recommend Charmaine without reservation”.

 David Miles Director of Bands            


I want to extend my sincere thanks for the work that you put into the Fort Collins High School Australian tour. It was a fabulous experience for our students, parents and staff. We were thrilled with the variety of sight-seeing activities, cultural experiences and the itinerary that you and your staff put together for our group. Organizing for such a large number of people had to have been a challenge and I appreciate the hard work that you put into making this a once-in-a-lifetime event for us. As an educator, one of my highlights of the trip was the opportunity for our students to collaborate and perform with two Australian colleges. Thank you for making this trip a reality for us. I look forward to someday bringing another group to either Australia or New Zealand. Most sincerely, David Miles Director of Bands Fort Collins High School Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

 Rick Dillard - Travel Agent             

Dear Charmaine,

I was so impressed from the beginning of our tour of Australia to the end with your skills and those of your wonderful husband, Adrian. Your dedication to the benefit and well being of our large group of 216 band/choir & orchestra students and their parents was endless. Your planning was creative with an eye to economy and helping to stretch our resources to include some really cool attractions that I didn’t know existed.

You showed great patience and problem solving skills that were really helpful with such a large group.

I was amazed that you were able to make contact with and enlist the cooperation of Aussie school music directors to host our young musicians in concert with theirs in nice settings with excellent audiences.

I can heartily recommend the services of Great Tour Experiences in the planning and execution of a fantastic tour experience of a lifetime in Australia or New Zealand.

We will definitely be back!

Many thanks for all you did for our student group.

Kind regards,

Rick Dillard

American Classic Tours & Music Festivals

 Mr Ross Capern - Director of Instrumental Music           

Dear Charmaine,

It was wonderful to have Fort Collins High School from the USA visit St Laurence’s College, Brisbane. It was a great experience to work with international students with a shared love of music. The St Laurence’s students loved meeting and performing with the Fort Collins students and keep in touch with them on social media. The combined workshop and concert was fantastic and the students and parents loved it. Overall, it was a very motivating experience for everyone and well organised by Charmaine at Great Tour Experiences

Mr Ross Capern
Director of Instrumental Music
St Laurence’s College


 Charmaine - your helpfulness and professionalism in putting together an itinerary that incorporates cultural, educational and team-building activities has been much appreciated. Thank you for getting the itinerary and cost out to us all within the week, we are already for 2016.

 Ruth - Adult Group             
After 3 days I had an itinerary and a cost for the tour, within ten days it was approved. Thank you for doing our tour for 2016.
Tour Leader                                

I have been organising excursion to New Zealand with Charmaine for 10 years now and always found her to be extremely professional and responsive to any suggestions.

Issues have been minor in nature and always dealt with, with a single phone call.

Our Earth Sciences trip to the North island has become self-promoting with siblings and friends of students who have attended in the past lining up for the trip. We are now in a position where we have a substantial waiting list for students wishing to attend.


On behalf of everyone who went, we would just like to thank you everything regarding our recent New Zealand trip.

Theresa and Lance had a great time. The students thought everything was fantastic - the food, the Coach Captain, the activities and all the accommodation


Charmaine, I appreciated your professional manner, and great knowledge in planning our trip for my special interest group to New Zealand North Island and South Island.

Adult Group 

Our trip to New Zealand!!!

New Zealand is a holiday destination where you nourish your eyes by the beauty of the nature, you calm your mind by the relaxed environment and uplift yourself with complete beauty and tranquillity.

Our family holiday in January 2017 was our first trip to New Zealand and because of the amazing and relaxing experience that we have had, we will be choosing this amazingly beautiful land for many years to come. In fact, if I am ever able to purchase a holiday house there, I would have no hesitation in doing so.

My recommendation to those who wish to have a great time, nourish their body, mind and soul would be to experience New Zealand & have lots of fun!!!

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