Videos about my tours…

I hope you will check out the newest addition to my website – short video clips featuring me talking about my tours. Thanks so much to my stepdaughter Rachael Burrows who filmed and edited these for me. All were unscripted so consequently there was the odd mistake by me, most of which have also been kept for you to enjoy….

You can view the videos on the 2017 & 2018 tour pages. Click here to view the bloopers!

Jordan and Israel with Jill Worrall

March 3 to March 24, 2018 approx

Although at the centre of a tumultuous region, Jordan and Israel remain open and safe for visitors. With iconic destinations, such as Petra and Jerusalem, they are definitely bucket-list places for many people.

The Jordan part of the tour is organised with very good friends of mine, who are highly experienced tour operators and guides based in Petra, one of the new Eight Wonders of the World. I’ve travelled through Jordan five times now and still love it. From Jordan we will cross into Israel, again using highly trusted operators closely connected to my European business operator and partner.

Highlights in Jordan – the Roman city of Jerash, Jordan River Baptism site, the Dead Sea, Red Sea cruise, overnight in Wadi Rum, Petra and family feast. Highlights in Israel:  Tel Aviv, Caesarea, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Masada, Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives.

Return to Iran

With Jill Worrall and Reza Mirkhalaf-Zadeh

April 1 – April 22 2018, approx

Five Places Still Available.

It’s been a few years since I and Reza (in my opinion THE best guide in Iran) have been able to organise a tour together and we’re not sure if there will be another one! So, we’ve tried to include as much as we can in this itinerary without making it too exhausting.

Iran is one of the least-understood countries in the world and always astonishes first-timers with the warmth and friendliness of its people, the magnificence of its traditional architecture and the depth and drama of its history.  It’s becoming more of a mainstream destination these days so come with me soon before it is truly swamped!

Highlights: Tehran’s best museums, including the incomparable State Jewels; the World Heritage Listed Tabriz bazaar; St Stephanos Armenian Church; Kerman and the Prince’s Garden; Yazd (Towers of Silence, Zoroastrian fire temples and historic old quarter), Persepolis and Shiraz; Isfahan (mosques historic bridges and fantastic shopping!)

Adriatic Explorer with Jill Worrall

May 17 – June  7, 2018 approx   |  CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Our 2016 Adriatic Explorer sold out and as our week-long included cruise has limited cabin space you need to book soon for this tour.

We begin in Croatia’s capital Zagreb, then tour through beautiful Slovenia including spectacular Lake Bled and the Postonja caves. Then it’s back into Croatia to visit the astonishing Plitvice lakes and the Istrian peninsula We then travel into Bosnia to Sarajevo and Mostar before joining our exclusive use motor cruiser in Dubrovnik to cruise around the Adriatic islands, including Hvar, Korcula and Brac.  We also make a day trip into scenically splendid and intriguing Montenegro.

Highlights: City tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Dubrovnik and Split; Lake Bled; Postonja Caves, Pula Roman amphitheatre, Plitvice Lakes, Sarajevo; Mostar bridge; week-long cruise on a luxury small ship; Dubrovnik; Montenegro; fantastic food, wine and entertainment.

Read some of Jill’s articles about destinations or experiences  included in this tour.…/Slow-decay-leaves-watermark-on-Venice

Arctic Adventure

A rare and unique cruise to remote Franz Josef Land

July 2 – July 21, 2018
Price: Contact me for more info.

Tour limited to 12 people

Jill Worrall Tours is delighted to be the only tour operator in New Zealand to be offering this journey. Places on this tour are very strictly limited for what will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel through a world of icebergs, glacier-capped peaks and abundant wildlife including polar bears and walrus.

Land with polar ice caps and glaciers melting at an alarming rate this truly is a tour to do now before this incredible part of the world changes for ever.

Beginning in Longyearbyen on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, one of the world’s last great wildernesses where polar bears outnumber people, we will embark on a 14-night cruise aboard the luxurious MV Sea Spirit (see at the end of the itinerary for more details about our vessel). Our route will take us across the Barents Sea to remote, Franz Josef Land, a volcanic, glaciated archipelago only discovered about 150 years ago. Franz Josef Land is Russian territory.

This was once a major stopping point for famous polar explorers making the often deadly passage to the North Pole. So, not only will we be in a world of unforgettable scenery but we will be following in the footsteps of some of the world’s great adventurers. This archipelago is only accessible for a few weeks every year.

National Geographic has described these islands having pristine land and underwater environments. They are home to polar bears, walrus, and rare species of whale including narwhal, beluga and bowhead.

Because the cruise season on the Arctic is so short, demand for space on the cruises is intense. We are so excited to have secured room for a maximum of 12 passengers. Jill will be accompanying you all the way from New Zealand and even on the ship which has a maximum capacity of 114 passengers, she will taking extra good care of her own group, (as will the crew of 94!)

Our 12 places are being shared with one of Jill’s most trusted operators so this is absolutely a case of book now to secure your place because if we do not fill them in New Zealand they will certainly be filled from elsewhere.

The Balkans in Depth with Jill

Aug 4 – Aug 26, 2018 (approx)

An epic journey through Northern Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia.

The Balkans is a fascinating and scenically spectacular region that is often overlooked by travellers or sometimes covered rather too quickly. This tour is designed to highlight the diversity, history, food and cultural attractions encompassing an exciting seven countries.

Highlights: Northern Greece – Thessaloniki, Meteora Monasteries; Macedonia – Lake Ohrid, Tetovo painted mosque, Matka canyon; Kosovo – Studenica monastery, Prizren; Albania – Shkoder, Tirana; Montenegro – Budva, May of Kotor; Croatia – Dubrovnik, Split; Bosnia – Mostar and Sarajevo.

Read some of Jill’s articles about destinations or experiences  included in this tour.…/around-the-bends-in-the-balkans

Moorish Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco with Jill

Oct 10 – Oct 31, 2018 approx

We are going to follow the footsteps of the Moors, (the descendants of North Africa Berbers and Arabs who ruled Spain from the 8th to the 15th centuries), beginning in Morocco. We will visit the legendary cities of Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech and cross the High Atlas Mountains to spend a night in a Saharan desert camp Then it’s over the strait to Gibraltar, that tiny British territory that was once part of the Moors’ empire, and into Andalucía, the heart of Moorish Spain

Highlights: Morocco –  City tours of exotic Fez and Marrakech; crossing the High Atlas; a night in the Sahara with optional camel ride; romantic boutique-style hotels; Gibraltar city tour; Spain –  Granada’s Alhambra,  Seville’s Gothic Cathedral; la Mezquita, Cordoba; Toledo, the city of three cultures; Madrid.

Northern India

Nov 8 – Nov 28, 2018

Prepared by a local Indian expert and personal friend of mine, this India tour combines all the must-see sites with some extra special, exclusive extras.  Of course, there is the Taj Mahal and a boat ride on the Ganges but there’s a lot more too to give you a more close-up and personal experience of India, including the legendary Pushkar Camel Fair

India can seem a bit daunting for first-timers but I’ve been there numerous times and, together with my local expert, we will make sure you enjoy every minute of it.

Highlights: Delhi and a chance to help out in a Sikh temple community kitchen; dawn and dusk  visits to the Taj Mahal; tiger and leopard sanctuaries; Jaipur and Amber Fort; Pushkar camel fair,;Mehrangarh Fort champagne tour in Jodphur;  Udaipur and lake cruise; Thar desert overnight camp; Varanasi and  Ganges River trip; Khajuraho temples.

Jill's Journey Club

After just two Jill Worrall Tours you are automatically a member of Jill’s Journey Club and eligible for tour discounts, other privileges and special gifts as valued clients.

Early-bird booking discounts are available on all tours

What clients who have travelled with Jill before have had to say:

Jill Worrall Tours Feedback

"THANK YOU so very much for an awesome tour. Had one of the very best times ever. LD Jordan Odyssey 2015".

"Loved every minute of it" Tina, Adriatic Explorer, May-June 2016

We have thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for all the treats and surprises. The cruise was superlative" Steve and Rosie, Adriatic Explorer, 2016

"Amazing value. Thoroughly enjoyable" Anita, Adriatic Explorer, 2016

"Great tour, great company" Nola, Adriatic Explorer, 2016

"Marvellous, I thoroughly enjoyed it. A lovely mixture of nature and historical interest. Our last night was superb" Maureen, Adriatic Explorer, 2016

"Jill and Zlatko provided a great tour with their care and attention to detail. Thoroughly enjoyable" Janette, Adriatic Explorer, 2016

"Loved it" Adrienne, Adriatic Explorer,, 2016

"Amazing tour overall and a great value, stress-free holiday and such a fun, relaxed group to tour with" Jill and Barry, Adriatic Explorer, 2016.

"Every minute was fantastic. The cruise in particular was a stand-out for me" Tracey, Adriatic Explorer, 2016.

"I had an awesome time" Kim, Adriatic Explorer, 2016

THANK YOU so very much for an awesome and interesting tour. I had one of the very best times ever on Tour.
LD Jordan March 2015