Welcome to Jill Worrall Tours
Jill Worrall is an international tour operator and manager; a New Zealander who lives in Timaru in NZ’s South Island.
Since 2003 she has led more than 50 groups – close on 1000 people – over this time, to destinations all around the world. Jill’s travels have taken her from Patagonia in South America, Guatemala in Central America, Cuba in the Caribbean, across to India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, the five “Stans” of Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Iran, north, south and eastern Africa, and all across Europe from Ireland to Russia, Norway to Albania.
Her tours always attract a high proportion of return travellers – some people have explored the world with Jill more than 10 times!
Jill is also one of New Zealand’s most successful travel writers. She has been named New Zealand Travel Writer of the Year; has twice won the award for best newspaper travel article and has won two Qantas Media Awards (NZ most prestigious print media awards) for feature writer. She has won a wealth of other awards and her first travel book, A Blonde in the Bazaar, was runner-up best travel book published in New Zealand in 2005.
Her tours, operated as Jill Worrall Tours, from November 2018 onwards are run in conjunction with House of Travel, Riccarton, Christchurch.
House of Travel is New Zealand’s largest independently owned and operated travel agency, and I know that their extensive knowledge and expertise will help me, and you, create and enjoy the very best possible holiday and travel experiences.
A highly experienced travel consultant, Moray Johnson, has been appointed specifically to work with me on all my tours along with the involvement and expertise from the Riccarton owner-operators.
Moray will promptly and efficiently handle inquiries about the tours, bookings, flights and any requests you might have for pre or post-tour travel. To learn more about Moray click here
Jill is married and has two adult children (her daughter is a high school teacher and her son is a paramedic). She has a rather eclectic array of interests, from gardening and botany to steam trains; mosaic projects to off-beat museums. She has a special interest in the development projects operated by Save the Children New Zealand and the Aga Khan Development Network and still has plenty of the world she wants to see. She also would like to drive really big trucks.
To find out more about Jill’s latest tours and to read feedback from some of her many very happy clients, click here.
"I’ve just been travelling with Jill in the Adriatic and had an absolutely wonderful time." RS.
We are helping to provide clean-burning stoves and chimneys for a remove region in Nepal this year. To find out more about our sponsorship project click here.
Morocco, Gibraltar and Moorish Spain | Comfirmed Departure
Oct 8 – Oct 30, 2018
Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, the Sahara, Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Madrid.
Heart of India | Comfirmed Departure
Nov 9 – Nov 29, 2018
The Taj Mahal, Pushkar Camel Fair, Varanasi (the Ganges) and Rajasthan.
Winter in Europe
(Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)
Dec 26, 2018 – Jan 16, 2019
Laos and Myanmar
Mar 4 – Mar 24
Includes a river cruise on the Mekong and hill tribe visits.
From the Atlantic to the Pyrenees
(Madeira, Portugal and Northern Spain)
The exotic island of Madeira, mainland Portugal, Andorra and Barcelona.
April 10 – May 3
May 5 to May 26 (only seven cabins available)
Includes a two-week Adriatic cruise on an exclusive-use luxury motor yacht
Mongolia and Siberia | Max 18 people
June 10 – July 4 (approx.)
South Gobi, Lake Baikal, Kamchatka Peninsula, reindeer breeders
The Wildlife of Brazil
July 27 – Aug 16 (approx.)
The Pantanal, Amazon River, Atlantic Forest
Zambia and the Zambezi | Just 2 places left
Aug 31 – Sept 19
Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and Hwange national parks, Victoria Falls, Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.
Trekking in Nepal – a community development fundraiser
Tour leader – Jono Meadowcroft, max 15 people.
Sept 22 – Oct14
Off-the-beaten track trekking in the Damar region of Nepal in conjunction with Geraldine-based Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust
Islands of the Mediterranean
Sept 26 – Oct 17 (approx.)
Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Elba plus Portofino and Milan)
Island-hopping through the Mediterranean.
Please note: The Balkans in Depth and Morocco, Gibraltar and Moorish Spain are being operated in conjunction with My Travel Broker in Timaru.
2018 and 2019 Tours
Join Jill Worrall in 2018 and 2019 on one of her fascinating, unique, tailor-made tours. Each tour (apart from the Trekking in Nepal tour) will be escorted and managed by Jill to her very exacting, caring, high standards that have made her one of the most popular tour managers in New Zealand. Her local guides and operators are the very best available and many are personal friends, all of which means you have an unforgettable, top quality and stress-free holiday.
All tours from Heart of India, Nov 2018 onwards are run in conjunction with House of Travel Riccarton. Her Balkans Odyssey and Morocco, Gibraltar and Moorish Spain continue to be operated together with MyTravel Broker in Timaru.
The first Jill Worrall Tours in 2016 all sold out; her 2017 Central America, Cuba, Croatia Cruise and Walk, and Iceland and the Faroe Islands were also sell-outs as was her first tour of 2018, Return to Iran. In addition to these tours there were also very popular small-group tours to Central Europe, Zambia and the Zambezi, North Korea and Europe in Winter.
So if you are interested in one of her 2018 or 2019 tours do please get in touch soon as some of these, have very limited spaces. Click here to contact me for more information and check out the 2018 tours here and the 2019 tours.
What travellers say about Jill’s tours:
“Thanks for organising such a wonderful trip to Iran’ I had a truly fantastic time”, Iran. April 2018 – Susan
“What a great tour we had in Iran – I loved every day of it”, Iran, April 2018 – Leslie
“One of my favourite trips in my 13 years of travelling” – Iceland and the Faroes, Sept 2017 – Sue
“Jill is an exceptional leader and we felt very comfortable and happy being taken care of by her, knowing that the tour would happen as expected and any problems dealt with. We had a wonderful trip and the attention to detail was excellent. The local people were friendly, cheerful, happy to answer questions and sort things out with grace. What more could you wish for?”, Zambia and the Zambezi August 2017 – Graham Ingram-Monk
“An absolutely wonderful, amazing, thought-provoking tour. Jill is an amazing tour leader and her ability to take control to sort/fix in a crisis is breathtaking.” – North Korea, July 2017 – Liz
I had a fabulous trip to Cuba in April with Jill….Jill made it such fun – Philippa Sargent
“I don’t do group tours!” Well, that has been the case until now. Friends and previous travellers with Jill recommended if I was to travel then this was the woman I should travel with and I was not disappointed – Marg Palmer, Cuba 2017.
Jill is passionate about what she does and her enthusiasm is contagious. I am booked in a tour for next year already – Lisa Gullen, Central America 2017.
If it’s time for a new adventure I recommend packing your bags and travelling with Jill Worrall Tours. You will not be disappointed – Gaylene Marinkovic, Croatia Cruise and Walk 2017.
In 2019, my son Jonathan, known to his family as Jono, will be taking his first tour for Jill Worrall Tours. Jono will be leading a trekking tour to Nepal and, together with a great local guide, will be setting off on one of the less frequented trekking trails through the Himalayan foothills to visit community development projects run in conjunction with Geraldine’s The Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust.
To find out more about Jono click here.