Hear what our clients have to say about their experience with Greenhills Travel Centre.
I've just returned from a fully escorted 3-week tour to Egypt with Curly at Greenhills Travel Centre. It was amazing, well-organised and I would highly recommend it.
Janet - Egypt
We have travelled extensively. For seven seasons, we lived on our sailing yacht, exploring the coasts of NSW and Queensland, venturing as far as the Louisiades Archipelago (PNG), New Caledonia, Vanuatu and circumnavigating the top of Australia to Broome on the west coast before returning to Sydney. Subsequently, we bought a motor home and travelled Europe, including Scandinavia and the USA, with a journey that extended to Alaska.
When we came across an advertisement for a 23-day guided tour of Egypt and Jordan, we thought it would be an ideal way to explore these countries with their rich ancient history. Greenhills Travel assured us of our safety by mentioning that the guide, 'Curly,' had undertaken this trip numerous times.
As residents of Morisset Park, we were provided with direct transport to Newcastle Airport, where we met Curly and the other five members of the tour group. Beyond Australia, we were consistently met by guides who facilitated our passage through security, customs and baggage pickup. Transportation between top-quality hotels, as well as guides for tourist sites, was seamlessly arranged. The package included a good number of meals, along with all fares, taxes, gratuities and most unforeseen costs.
In Cairo, our guide for Egypt, Amany - an Egyptian Egyptologist - impressed us with her incredible knowledge of the country's history. Our visits included the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, Memphis, Saqqara, El Alamein’s Commonwealth War Cemeteries, Alexandria and many other historical sites.
From Cairo, we flew to Luxor, where we stayed in the historic Winter Palace Pavillon Hotel before embarking on a seven-night Nile cruise. This cruise provided a comfortable and scenic route from Luxor to the High Dam, with stops at Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan Dam, High Dam and the Temple of Isis at Philae.
A flight took us to the impressive Abu Simbel Temple site, followed by a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Queens and a felucca ride on the Nile. In Luxor, we explored the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and other significant sites.
Back in Cairo, the Egyptian Museum's antiquities gained more context after visiting the related sites. A highlight was attending a light and sound show in the evening at the Pyramids of Giza, where the history of ancient Egypt came alive through captivating visuals.
Next, we travelled to Jordan, where Petra's rose-red city left us in awe. The guided tour continued to Wadi Rum, showcasing the stunning desert landscape, and then to the Dead Sea for a unique floating experience.
We saw so much more than we usually see when we are travelling alone and we learnt so much. Our heads are still spinning and we are still reading and learning more about the background of so much that we have seen. Thank you Curly for a wonderful, enriching experience! We could not have done it without you! We also thoroughly enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers.
Ron and Elizabeth - Egypt
I wish to express my gratitude and commend Warwick (Curly) Gladman and the staff of Greenhills Travel Centre (GTC) for arranging a most memorable holiday in Japan through JTB Travel. Of particular note was the efficient handling of a challenging situation when a typhoon in Japan resulted in the closure of Kansai International Airport, leading to the cancellation of my return flight to Bangkok.
While other travellers were informed by their travel agents that they might have to wait for 3 or 4 days, Curly from Greenhills Travel Centre had me booked on a return flight from Nagoya International Airport within 15 minutes of my call. This flight seamlessly connected with all other necessary flights.
The 14-day Japan Combination Package Tour (starting from Tokyo) exceeded all expectations. All the hotels where I stayed were of high quality, offering brilliant breakfasts each day. The day tours were escorted by English-speaking Japanese guides employed by Sunrise Tours. They were locals from the areas we toured, providing invaluable assistance, information, and even humour.
The traditional Japanese lunches served on each tour added to the amazing experience. GTC had also arranged tours on my free days and these were just as well organised. The tour operators were punctual, picking us up and dropping us back to our hotels in luxury.
I cannot recommend Greenhills Travel Centre and its staff, as well as this particular tour, more highly.
Ross Whybin - Japan
Such a great experience. Your team's good work made it all come together, especially with the flights - it must have been a logistical challenge. We enjoyed every aspect of the tour of Norway, including Bergen, Oslo, Flam, Voss and especially the journey up the fjords with their beautiful scenery of snow-capped mountains - just amazing. Experiencing so much in a short time was brilliant; we loved the Northern Lights and feel grateful and privileged to have seen them. The experience of immersing ourselves in another country's culture is something I will never forget.
Thank you, Greenhills Travel Centre, once again for providing us with this incredible experience and for the friendships we made along the way.
Margie and Chris - Norway
We utilised Curly and his team at Greenhills Travel for trips to Thailand, cruises to New Zealand and Vanuatu and an amazing journey to Egypt and the UAE. These were top-quality tours with exceptional tour guides. I highly recommend this travel agent to all my friends!
Greg and Karen
I just wanted to send you an email to let you know that our family holiday to Palm Cove went really well. The organisation was great and the whole family had a fantastic time. The accommodation was really nice and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Thanks so much for all of your hard work in putting it together for us.
Julie and Bruce - Palm Cove
We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed travelling with you and the lovely group you put together. The trip was well planned and organised. Despite covering so many amazing things in the three weeks, we felt relaxed and not rushed. We appreciate the time and effort you put in, even on our "free" days, to ensure everyone had a great experience.
Reality has hit us in the face upon returning to work and we wish we were still in Canada or on a cruise ship! Thanks again, Curly. We enjoyed traveling with you and we'll be back!
Ralph and Linda - Canada
Firstly, thank you for organising our fantastic holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed every place we visited. The highlights were sailing into Venice, Croatia, and Montenegro. It was also wonderful to catch up with our friends in Canada, and they took us to new places every day. Thank heavens I keep a daily diary as there were so many highlights to try and remember over the 5 weeks. We also enjoyed our accommodation on the Cook Islands, but the weather was a little too cool for swimming.
Jan and Noel - Round the world
June - July 2017
I chose Green Hills Travel Centre to handle the bookings for what was initially planned as a tour to Norway but developed into a seven-week odyssey covering Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK. Warwick and his staff assisted in making bookings for two tours, a Eurail pass, hotel accommodations, air travel and travel insurance.
While it all seemed straightforward, there were several changes of plan and extensions of time. Warwick and his staff demonstrated great patience, were helpful and offered valuable suggestions. I initially opted for an 11-day ferry cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and return to Trondheim, but due to a ferry mishap, it became a 10-day return Trondheim-Kirkenes-Trondheim. Despite this, I was pleased with the tour, finding the ship comfortable, staff customer-focused and social events well organised. Side excursions to North Cape were excellent, but dog sledding at Kirkenes and a horse ride and land tour through the Lofoten Islands were less satisfying.
I also chose an 8-day rail tour of Switzerland with Trafalgar Tours, which was unfortunately cancelled. I opted for an alternative coach tour with Insight Tours and overall, I enjoyed the tour. Accommodations in 4-star hotels were good value and the guide and driver were informative.
Choosing to travel early in the season to experience snow and ice, I was not disappointed. However, the Premium Economy flight with British Airways was less comfortable than expected due to a constant loud roar from the engines.
Despite encountering some challenges, including a ferry incident and changes to my itinerary, Amanda and Warwick provided helpful assistance, rearranging accommodations and resolving issues promptly. The Switzerland tour coincided with heavy snowfall, adding to the scenic experience.
Warwick's prebooking of budget hotels generally met expectations, although cash flow problems arose, partly due to flawed advice from the bank about travel cards. The recommendation to prepay tips proved beneficial. Green Hills Travel Centre is recommended for its caring and helpful service.
John - Europe
March - April 2017
Thanks, Curly, for a wonderful holiday, a great group and lots of great memories.
When people ask about my holiday, I put in a good word for you and your travel agency and I mention that you are returning to Iceland in 2018.
Yvonne - Norway and Iceland
March - April 2017
Thank you so much for arranging the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand. Our trip was very well organised and everything went off without a hitch. Hopefully, it won't be too long before we are arranging another holiday with you.
Kath and Craig - New Zealand
Just want to say a big thank you to you and the rest of the staff of Greenhills Travel. Our Scenic river cruise, along with additional accommodation and side tours, were all fantastic and we had no problems at all. All the hotels that you booked for us were great. The Keukenhof Garden tour was wonderful and the Interlaken tour was also fantastic. The staff are friendly and helpful, drawing on their vast travel experiences to help plan my holiday and nothing was too much trouble. From meeting up with my relatives in Europe to advice on money matters, guidance was given willingly.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone thinking of taking a holiday and not wanting the frustration of coordinating everything themselves. Thanks to you all!
Deanna - Europe
I just wanted to pass on my thanks for your organisation of our recent tour of Cambodia and Vietnam. We had a fabulous time, and all the activities were great. We did miss a flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh due to an error on my itinerary, but Duc Trinh came to the rescue quickly and all was well. Our guides were excellent, and the organisation was superb. I will be in touch again in two years' time for another trip with my next senior class. Thanks for everything.
Lyn, Coffs Harbour School Group - Cambodia and Vietnam
You have organised the best trip we have ever been on. We are down to our last week and really don't want to leave South Africa. The places you have organized have been fantastic. In all our travels, we have never had anything like the Victoria Falls Hotel. We feel like royalty!
Jane and Pete - South Africa
Can't thank you enough; it was truly fantastic. Our standout was the two days around Tianmen Mountains, Heavens Gate, the glass floor walk, Avatar Mountains and the lake cruise. A lot of walking but absolutely magical part of the world. Your dedication and willingness to get the very best value for money deal inclusive of all sites cannot be highlighted enough for us. Very grateful.
Belinda - China