Ciao Bella Italy- May 2107
"Thank you for a very successful tour of Italy. I loved travelling through the countryside in the vehicles with our Italian drivers. The ease of travel and relaxed meandering through all the country towns was fantastic, taking in all the sights and sounds. Stopping at various authentic Italian towns and places to experience the Italian culture to its fullest. The group were a delight and a joy as we supported each other to experience the tour to its fullest potential. Well done!!!"
- Sharon Y, Adelaide, S.A
Ciao Bella Italy- May 2107
"Mary, you have the perfect personality and temperament for organising
and handling such diverse groups of women, making sure that we all go home with
wonderful memories and some new friends.
Thank you Mary for helping me to fulfil a long held dream and a loving
daughter's wish. I loved everything about Italy, from the incredible history,
the ancient monuments, the breathtaking artworks and the beautiful scenery to
the simplest of things - the colourful homes and their wall gardens to the
friendliness of the Italians everywhere we went (except for cranky waiter), the
spontaneous discoveries as you turn another corner such as the beautiful music
being played by the roller-blading girl - a magical moment.
- Rhonda L, Sydney, NSW
Ciao Bella Italy- May 2107
" Well what a fantastic trip we had thanks to you girls!
Mary it was wonderful to travel with you again and as last time the organisation, sights, walking, information, and accommodation were all fantastic not to mention the fun, laughter and lovely company of the amazing women that we shared company on this trip."
- Sandra T. Melbourne, Vic
Best Exotic India- February 2017
" I have recently returned from Best Exotic India Trip February 2017!
This trip was my third with Mary of Australian Women's Travel and true to form it was a wonderful experience. The sights, sounds and colours of Northern India were quite incredible and coupled with Mary's well planned itinerary and her extensive knowledge of the many fascinating tourist sites added to the mix of travelling through small villages and towns and gave a colourful and diverse picture of everyday life in India!
We were always warmly welcomed on arrival at our hotel accommodation and enjoyed wonderful meals as well as safe driving with Mary's private drivers and guides, it truly was a great adventure! I highly recommend Australian Womens Travel for anyone thinking of travelling through this region of India!"
-Margaret L. Canberra, ACT.
Best Exotic India - November 2016
“Thank you” for the amazing trip to India with you, your drivers, and the wonderful group .
Every little adventure each day lead to enormous and quite unbelievable scenery,hard to explain to anyone who has not been to India.
Varanasi was my highlight, the sunrise and the evening boat ride, the yoga lesson, most certainly one of the most interesting places I have visited.
Also the Marigold Hotel was a surprise, and the magnificent Mawari horses so many special places.
I will most certainly be recommending your travel to all my friends, thank you Mary."
- Judith L. Perth, W.A
Best Exotic India -November 2016
"I have recently returned from an 18 day tour of India with Australian Women’s Travel.
I found the trip to be extremely interesting and totally enjoyable. We stayed for the most part in Havelis which were full of character and gave us a real feel for the area we were in. The number of people on our tour was restricted to 8 with two tour leaders,( Mary Hamilton-Smith and Rose Walker), and this gave us an opportunity to get to know our fellow travellers, exchange travel stories, and make new friends. We covered approximately 2,500 km by road in a very comfortable 10 seater van, with a very competent driver and an Indian guide, and each day there would be something new to see; women working in the fields in their colourful saris or carrying large loads of sticks etc on their heads, men herding goats or sheep or driving a camel or donkey in a cart, the locals shopping in the colourful markets, brightly painted trucks(with a message on the back’ BLOW HORN’) lavishly decorated tractors and also the beautiful buildings in the various towns and cities where we spent time.
India is colour!
As with all tours, the Tour Leader is the key, and Mary’s bright personality and knowledge of the areas we covered, made this tour a most memorable one for me. I would recommend Australian Women’s Travel to any lady traveling alone or two ladies travelling together, as I am quite sure it would be an enjoyable and memorable experience for them too."
-Esmée Cruickshank. Perth, W.A
Best Exotic India - November 2016
" Touring India with Australian Women's travel was a great first time India experience.
An introduction to the best of highlights of Rajasthan was a real adventure and a pleasure to share it with like-minded women.
I would never have braved India as a solo traveler, the group size was great and Mary and her local contacts really made India a special place to explore! "
-Tammy. H. Adelaide
Tour Italy 2016
"I have just returned from my second overseas trip with Australian Women’s Travel. This trip was The Best of Italy 2016." I was not disappointed. Mary was well organised and the trip went seamlessly right down to transfers to and from destinations. Mary has thoroughly researched local attractions and amenities and knows exactly where to find anything that her travellers may require. This trip was different to the first trip even though we went to some of the same cities. Mary ensured every traveller was able to have the best experience possible. There were too many highlights to single out. Having some free time in each destination allowed the travellers to further explore places and activities of personal interest. I give my full recommendation to these tours and thank Mary for another wonderful overseas experience."
- Eve H. N.S.W
Tour Italy 2016
"Once again the tour was an exceptionally wonderful experience, from the historical and fascinating cities of Rome and Florence together with the picturesque scenery of Sienna and surrounding villages in the countryside of Tuscany, the relaxing seaside time spent in Cinque Terre, the majestic Italian Alps of Lake Como and last but not least the excitement of Venice a city not to be missed. Although this was my second visit to some of the places it was still an unforgettable experience and coupled with Mary's meticulous planning and organisation, made travelling with a small tour group very comfortable and friendly and Mary's helpful and good knowledge of our surroundings was very much appreciated.
The whole trip was all that I had hoped for and again I would not hesitate to recommend Australian Women's Travel to anyone whether solo or with friend(s).
Thank you again Mary for your great planning, valued friendship and exceptional travel organisation!"
- Margaret L. Canberra
Tour Italy June 2016
I just can’t thank you enough for all the beautiful memories you have given me, having just done your wonderful trip to Italy. It was so much more than I expected, loved the history, culture, food, people, scenery and shopping, and I now appreciate your notes in the booklet, having looked at them often already, thank you. Your tour was so well organised in all aspects, great accommodation, just so central to everything, free time which we all loved,you took us to special places (not everyone would know about) always felt safe, and thank you for your patience, knowledge, passion and company most off all, which was shared with the other lovely ladies.
Thanks again for an unforgettable
experience and holiday, and I highly recommend Australian Womens Travel to all
I see, we were so well looked after. Hope to travel with you sometime again."
- Irene Joyce. Sunshine Coast Queensland.
"Thank you so much Mary, for the incredible holiday I shared with you in Italy. Italy is more beautiful than I had imagined. I enjoyed how you shared your passion for the country, the people, its history, customs and not to mention the food and wine. You gave us so much information about every place we visited and I’m more than grateful for the folder you sent with a wealth of information that I can call on to jog my memory. I can’t choose my favourite place, when friends ask me, because every day and every place we went to, was a “wow” moment with breathtaking scenery or incredible things to see. Loved the hotels we stayed in, being so central to all our needs. I would recommend Australian Womens Travel to anyone wanting a small group of women to travel with, in a safe environment and everything organized for you.
Thank you Mary, for a trip of a life time."
- Sandra Lee. Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Freedom Tour May 2016
"What a fabulously enriching, awesome tour to Europe! I have just returned from my 4th trip with Australian Women's travel and it has once again been incredible. I don't think people realise the amount of effort and detail Mary packs into her planning and choice of hotels and venues for dinner! With a small group of 8 we were able to fit into any restaurant or coffee shop and go places together in a comfortable mini van without having to wait for 40 per 50 people to get off a large bus!
The accommodation is interesting, often quirky and historical and extremely comfortable with all necessary comforts provided after a long day of sight-seeing. One feels like one is living in the area with the locals rather than stuck out in a large hotel on the edge of town with the same type of hotel food every night! Even revisiting some of the same places was awesome because ones confidence to do things independently on 'free' days increases and one sees sights, situations and people that are interesting and often enlightening! I thank you again Mary and would like to tell any one who is considering a trip with Australian Women's travel that you won' t be disappointed!Once you have been the world out there will not become smaller but bigger and will fuel a desire to see more!
How lucky have I been to experience travel with Mary from Australian Women's Travel!"
- Karin A. Sale Victoria
Mary, I know you always put our safety first and that's another reason why I recommend Australian Women's Travel to anyone and everyone! I wanted to say a huge thank you Mary, and Shannon and all our lovely ladies for making my first European adventure such a wonderful experience. Miss you guys."
- Rhonda K. Melbourne, Vic.
Freedom Tour May 2016
"I was so lucky to experience the Freedom Tour with Mary and
6 wonderful women. The sites we saw were magnificent, the accommodation
was charming and the restaurants Mary chose were great. We laughed, ate
and drank through 3 countries. Mary's knowledge and wonderful happy
personality made it fun and relaxing, I
have recommended Australian Women's Travel to all my friends because everything
about the trip was perfect. Thank you Mary!"
- Sue Bathurst, NSW.
- Julie W. Victoria
Tour India February 2016
"Travelling with Australian Women's Travel has been one of the best experiences of my life. To travel with a group of women led by Mary was one of the best decisions I have made. At once the group became a tight group of friends. A group where the common denominator was a love of travel and experiencing life outside our comfort zone. Mary as our fearless leader ensured that we were all comfortable and happy.The whole trip ran seamlessly with no hiccups along the way. But like all good leaders Mary always had a plan B.
Because of Mary's extensive knowledge of India she ensured that we saw the best of everything and even some unexpected things along the way. We certainly had the benefit of her experience.
India is an eye opener for all who come to visit. As far I am concerned a must do on anyone's travel bucket list. Australian Womens Travel is a fantastic way to experience other cultures.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mary to anyone who wants to broaden their horizons and embrace the liberating experience of travel."
- V. Boyd, NSW.
I would definitely travel again with Australian Women's Travel."
- Angie R. Nottingham, UK
Having now done two tours in a small group, I can honestly say this is the way to go."
- E. J. Page, South Australia
Tour Italy & France 2015
"I was looking for a small group touring company where I would feel comfortable setting off on my own. I found Mary and Australian Womens Travel. I have just returned from Italy and France and what a great time we had! Mary’s knowledge of the places we visited is amazing, giving us background information that made history and it’s people live. We stayed in the most amazing hotels - a far cry from the internationals that the big companies use – and they were very conveniently situated and loaded with character. For all travellers, Mary, before departure, shares so much information to make preparations easy and without guesswork . The itinerary is set out with info on the points of interest visited during our travels – comes in very handy on return when reliving and going through photos snapped along the way. Prior to leaving “ introductions ” via email to fellow travellers by way of a short profile is the start of “getting to know you”.
Before setting off for Italy and France, I booked for India, knowing this was the way to go – small numbers, character filled hotels, knowledge of the destinations, fun and the ability to pop into any little restaurant or coffee shop along the way…
Travelling with Australian Womens Travel is a great way to go…..thank you Mary."
- L.L., Sydney , NSW
Tour Italy & France 2015
"I recently went on the 2015 Italy and France tour with Mary
and had a wonderful time with lots of laughs. Her organisation, good humour,
patience and extensive knowledge about all the places we went to, meant that a
great holiday was experienced. I would happily recommend this tour and any
other that Mary organises."
- Margaret M. Victoria
Tour Italy & France 2015
"Dear Mary, thank you for an amazing trip to Italy and France. As you know, I have done a fair amount of travelling, but never before have I had a tour operator who has gone to so much trouble both before and during the trip to ensure that all was great. Your attention to detail is second to none. You were extremely patient and helpful to all travellers at all times. Your knowledge of the areas we visited was amazing and your help in reading menus written in French was appreciated.
It was a pleasure being part of this small group and I look forward to sharing another trip with you next year."
- Joan P. Clare South Australia
"I had a wonderful trip with Mary and the girls. Having
heard about Mary's trips for years, I got to see first hand her care and
professionalism in organising, and all the small details that she
We were all constantly grateful for travelling in a small neat group, as we watched the hordes of large tour groups stream past us. Mary is a very kind person with an even, happy disposition, even through the rare hiccup, always concerned that everyone is happy.
Also really appreciated her 'local' knowledge of good value restaurants everywhere we went, (and being a small group,we could go to!)and her infectious enthusiasm for the history/culture of where we travelled.
Highly recommend her trips to anyone!"
- Margie E. Adelaide
Tour Italy & France 2015
"A huge thank you for a wonderful holiday through Italy and France. For me this trip was at the top of my "bucket list"and covered the places I most wanted to visit. Your knowledge and passion was amazing. The information and daily schedule you provided was great, as this has also helped to identify some of my many photos.
I had such a terrific time with a bunch of lovely ladies and have some wonderful memories."
- Jenny R. Brisbane Queensland
"Thank you for a lovely trip Mary - I did enjoy the whole thing so much. You looked after us all so well, keeping us organised and well informed at all times. Your historical info and all your little tips were most helpful. Your hotel selection was just marvelous – each one SO well situated and each with its’ own charm. I think I loved Monterosso, & the hotel there, the best – maybe it was that it is such a laid back place – maybe the beachy feel – maybe simply the position it was on the timeline, a ‘rest place’ in the middle of the trip? It really all was divine. I might just have to go back to Italy!
Your wonderful book which you issued us all with – that is more valuable to me now than it was before or during, because I can now also reawaken memories by reading it."
- Belinda D. Queensland
- Karin A. Sale Victoria.
"I would like to say a big thank-you for being such a personable, passionate and knowledgeable host and guide. The itinerary and daily activities were meticulously organised and the hotels were fantastic and perfectly located. All in all, it was an awesome (amazing!) trip that I would highly recommend to others. I enjoyed every moment and only wish it could have gone for longer. There is so much to see in all of the exciting places we visited. Thank you most of all for your friendship, it was a pleasure travelling with yourself and Shannon."
- L. Nicholls, Melbourne.
From the humbling rawness of life in Varanasi to the excitement of a ride in a tuk tuk that is better than a show ride, to the grandeur of the Taj Mahal, the fun and hilariousness of a camel ride, the local foods, shopping, colourful saris, beautiful Havelis, crazy traffic that has to be seen to be believed, amazingly built Forts and the stunning beauty of McLeodganj in the Himalayas, this is a trip that is both challenging but enthralling!
A trip that has it all! It will stretch you to your limits but also allow you to soak up the uniqueness of the special country that is India!
Thankyou Mary for your expertise, humour and genuine caring in a country that I would never have contemplated visiting on my own!
I had an exceptional time and have ticked some very big boxes on my bucket list!"
- Karin A. Sale Victoria.
Tour Italy & France Sept 2014
"I wanted to send you a big thank you for the wonderful trip you organised which |I thoroughly enjoyed. Your knowledge of Italian history, which carries over to France, made my trip one I will never forget. I understand that history is one of tyour great loves, but I want to thank you for sharing it all with me and the other girls. Mary, it is plain to see you love what you are doing and your enthusiasm and stamina from the tine you wake in the morning to late at night is incredible. You treat all of your girls in a very fair and professional way and for that I commend you. Thanks again for a fun and unforgettable trip and I look forward to the next one."
- Jenny E. Melbourne
As I replay back my photos to my friends, I find I am enjoying it over and over again. actually appreciating it more fully. I have your amazing itinerary/reference material to refer too,so many people who had a copy of the itinerary were so impressed by it.
I wish you all the very best with 2015 and I would certainly consider travelling with you again in the future.....I found you an inspiration!"
- L. White, Melbourne
"What a wonderful experience with Mary from Australian Women's travel! I was very tentative to take part in this trip because of great sadness in my life! However, from the first time I spoke with Mary on the phone, she instilled confidence in me and gave me the courage to make the commitment to participate.
Oh wow, what a wonderful experience! My fellow travellers Leonie B, Leonie S and Sandra have said exactly how it was in their testimonials and I would encourage anyone to feel 100 per cent confident of having the best possible travel experience. Mary is warm, funny and the most genuinely caring person you could meet! Nothing is a problem! From organising a dentist in Venice, to making the best possible use of the time available whether we were in a museum or making our way at night to experience the wonders of the Eiffel Tower. The group size is perfect because you never feel like you are part of a tour at all, just a happy group of friends finding new adventures every minute of every day!
Congratulations Mary on developing a travel company that is so personal and tuned in to the individual needs of your participants! You make a difference in the lives of many women and I for one cannot thank you enough.
However, there was never anything to worry about because it was all quietly and efficiently taken care of!"
"Returned last week from India, a country which I’d never thought I would get to! I’ve done quite a bit of travelling over the years, but India just seemed too hard. I contacted Mary on the recommendation of a friend who had travelled to Europe with Mary three years ago. Over the phone, Mary sounded sensible and very understanding of my concerns. I decided to commit. Experiences in India can be confronting, but we were well prepared. Mary had sent me a number of emails advising on health concerns, money concerns, even weather updates! And, a few weeks before we left, Mary sent a comprehensive folder of background notes on all the places we were to visit, with a day-by-day summary of what to be prepared for (e.g., “we will visit the Taj Mahal before breakfast, so we will get snacks the day before”). The attention which Mary gives to pre-planning means that you feel very excited before you leave, with a strong sense of confidence that Mary is on top of it all.
Mary loves India, and there is nothing like travelling with such an experienced, passionate guide. Her strongest advice is “that India isn’t for the faint-hearted”, so you go well-prepared for a lot of colour and movement! Mary’s depth of experience means that she selects places to stay which provide a real journey, not a Western “sanitised” trip. Her use of the traditional, and renovated, havellis to stay in will be one of my best memories, I’m sure, and our evenings over dinner on the rooftops were delightful.
- Jan P. Melbourne
Freedom Tour 2014
Mary leaves nothing to chance and makes sure everyone's needs are met. She is fun to be with and it's impossible not to enjoy yourself. Her passion for Italy, it's culture and history, rubs off on you very quickly. She wants everyone to know it like she does.
Being a small group enabled us to see and experience things a large group would not have time to. The mix of full days and time to ourselves in each place was well balanced. Her choice of accommodation was exceptional, allowing us to savour the history of each hotel we stayed at and, being centrally located in every city, enabled us to visit as many places of interest as time allowed.
- Leonie B. Melbourne.
Freedom Tour 2014
"Mary, I thank you for opening our minds to history and our hearts to beauty.
Italy: who can explain the feeling of this expected but unbelievable time where time stood still and we were welcome for a short time to taste a area where a small church bought me to tears.
Paris: We all felt the romance and perhaps for some felt the envy of a time which eluded or passed us by.
London: A history taught to us as children
Istanbul: My most favourite city, yes crowded, a little confronting, who could forget our taxi drivers. A memory of Aya Sophia after dark and evening prayers with hundreds of seagulls, bodies sparkling souring into the sky, will light my soul forever.
I met some very special women. To you all, I thank you for a trip and friendship I won't forget."
- Leonie S. Orange NSW
Freedom Tour 2014
"I would like to thank you so very much for the most wonderful experience of travelling that you provided me. I cannot begin to tell you how fantastic every detail was from the bookings, wonderful accommodation, choice of places we saw, events and different travel arrangements and certainly not to mention great company, thoughtfulness and lots of laughter and fun. This trip has opened my eyes to so much all thanks to you and given me the confidence to do so much more travel including with you on other adventures. We were also so very lucky with our wonderful group who hopefully will all stay in touch."
- Sandra T. Melbourne
Freedom Tour 2013
"I have always had a fascination and yearning for travel. After spending 33 years of putting myself last and looking after my family, when my 4 children had finally grown up, finished their education and begun work, I decided it was my time to fulfill my dreams. But where do I start? I have no-one who has all three requisites for joining me on my quest...time, money and passion. I would not be put off any longer so I began surfing the net for a tour which would tick all my boxes. I found Australian Women's Travel and WOW!!!! am I so glad I did. I contacted Mary and found her so helpful and passionate about her tours... I knew this was the group for me. When departure day arrived my excitement was immeasurable. The first 2 legs of my tour were done on my own, which was both a little daunting and immensely empowering. I met my fellow travellers at the hotel in Singapore. After spending a short stay in Singapore, we flew to Rome where our lives would be changed forever. The knowledge and passion Mary has for this amazing country must surely be unsurpassed by any other tour of this amazing part of the world. Her organisational skills left nothing to chance.
Private transfers, hotels, pre-booked tickets, local knowledge...everything was taken care of with aplomb. We traveled through Italy, Paris and surrounding countryside, London and the Cotswolds, finally flying to Marrakesh. I don't know if I will ever come down from cloud nine after this tour, and I'm pretty sure I will never transcend this trip, no matter where I travel in the future. Thank you Mary for an unforgettable adventure."
- Rhonda, Cairns
Andiamo Italia 2013
"I want to thank you so much for putting together such a superb
trip to Italy and Paris. Your organisation was first class and I just loved the
quaint and beautiful hotels we stayed in and, of course, their location. You
certainly imparted your knowledge and love of Italy and I consider myself to be
very fortunate to have benefited from that. I have been spending many happy
hours pouring through your notes and matching them up with my photos. I guess
you are looking ahead to your next adventure - as I am mine!"
- Rose. Adelaide
Freedom Tour 2013
"I have just returned home from a wonderful European Freedom Trip with Mary. How good it was to not have to worry about flights, accommodation & tours & just relax & have it all done for you. I wanted to travel but being a recent widow I didn't want to go with a group of couples & my friends could either not afford it or they had already been. I found this group answered all my wants. Travelling with a small group enabled us to alter our plans if we needed to & getting seating in restaurants was never an issue. Mary's organizational skills are exceptional. All entrance fees were pre- booked & paid, saving lots of time & stress. She is very friendly, caring & inclusive. I would definitely recommend joining one of her tours."
- Sue W.,
Freedom Tour 2011/Italy & France 2012
For personal taste add perhaps a shopping tour, get a Parisian hair style, visit a quilt shop. Feast on Mary's knowledge as a well seasoned traveller and Add a sprinkling of other escorts along the way.
Savour the unique experience for a lifetime. Now if that doesn't satisfy your appetite, you can always go for another helping. I did. (May 2011 & September 2012)"
- K. Dean, Adelaide South Australia
Freedom Tour 2012
"WOW!!!!!!!! I had the pleasure of travelling with Mary from Australian Womens Travel on the Freedom of Europe Tour in May 2012. I have travelled overseas extensively in the past solo and with both family and friends but wanted to try something a little different. And different it was! The attention to detail was astonishing and because of the small number of travellers it was like a girlfriends getaway and everyone involved had an absolutely fabulous time.What a wonderful facilitator is. Her organisational skills shone through down to the tiniest of details and everything ran so smoothly-it was such a relaxing, enjoyable and educational experience. One I will never forget-and I have many photos to prove it. I have made lifelong friends! So if you're considering a tour with Australian Womens Tours -Just Do It.
I guarantee you wont regret it. A very happy past traveller :)"
- Toni W., Sydney Australia
Freedom Tour 2010
"I was fortunate to travel to Singapore, Italy, France, England and Morocco in a group led by Mary in April-May 2010. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and found her attention to detail, choice of accommodation, knowledge of the regions and communication to be highly professional.
Mary has excellent people skills and her love of travel is inspiring. I appreciated the work she did in preparing background information on the places we visited and we managed to see a number of wonderful places in a relatively short time due to her foresight in pre-booking many of the attractions. The flights, transfers and daily tours and visits went very smoothly.
I hope to travel with Mary again at some stage in the future and recommend her as an excellent travel planner and tour leader and a lovely person to spend time with."
- (Past traveler- name
Freedom Tour 2008
"Just wanted to say what an amazing trip you put together. It has now been 2 years since I travelled with you, but I am still in awe at the magic of all I experienced. It was comforting to travel in a small group with such well experienced women leading us and having all the planning done for me took the pressure and fear out of travel. This trip was the chance of a lifetime and lived up to every expectation I had. The sights and experiences were awesome and as a taste of travel it was the perfect trip. The women on the journey I went on were both supportive and inspirational and a pleasure to share company with. Since undertaking this travel with Mary, I now have the confidence and skills to travel more extensively. It opened up a world for me that I never imagined could exist and taught me more about myself than I though possible."
- Steph A., Perth
Freedom Tour 2008
"Not a day goes past that I don’t tell a story and experience about the trip. It was a wonderful trip, fun, experiences of all kinds. It was very well organized; we didn’t have to be concerned at all about anything, but to have fun and en joy. I felt so secure travelling in different countries. The details about tickets, admissions, flights bookings were taken care of diligently. It was the best experience of my life. Wooooooooow!!!!!!!!!!!!"
- (Past traveler - name not supplied)
Freedom Tour 2008
"It is my pleasure to write an acknowledgment of your expertise in organising and leading overseas travel programs. I heard from several women how much they enjoyed your tours so in 2008 I participated in your May program to Europe. I have traveled extensively over the last 40 years for both business and pleasure and usually make most of the arrangements myself. It was wonderful to step back and hand over to you, including my complicated ticketing as I only decided to come at the last minute and joined the group a few days into the tour. Every detail was taken care of, including all inter-Europe ticketing, airport transfers, hotel bookings, tours, meals, entertainment, etc. The destinations were well researched and we were taken to many places that were new to me and several that I certainly would not have had the opportunity to access on my own.
- Jacqui E., Sydney Australia
Freedom Tour 2012
"Australian Womens Travel provide a great opportunity to get away with the girls.
Three weeks of good company, visiting all the must sees i.e. the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Monet's Garden, Westminster Abbey, Oxford, The Vatican to name a few. Plus drinks at the Ritz Paris.
Lots of walking, lots of laughs. Mary gives you heaps of written information on the sights and history of each place you see.
A small travel group, well organized with pre-booked tickets so no waiting in long queues. You need to be reasonable fit. Bring your sense of humour and curiosity and enjoy."
- Eileen K., Melbourne Victoria
Freedom Tour 2010
"The trip and itinerary was meticulously organised by Mary, who indeed has a gift and a true passion for travel. Her knowledge was amazing and she produced a folder of copious notes to support our knowledge and learning for the trip including all the practicalities of travelling abroad. We also had 2 meetings prior to meet, share information ask questions and aid our preparations. As it was the first time I had travelled overseas and had also recently separated, it was perfect for me and I never had to worry about accommodation, air / train schedules, tourist must-dos etc. As well, I was able to build personal flexibility into the tour e.g. Mary happily made bookings for an extra tourist destination and a variation to the flight home schedule. Nothing was too much trouble. I felt confident that if I had any problems or questions they would be taken care of. Consequently, the trip was a highlight of my life and gave me the confidence to do further travel independently."
- (Past traveler- name not supplied)
Freedom Tour 2008
" I had the pleasure of travelling for an entire month to several European countries in 2008 with Mary Hamilton-Smith as one of my tour guides. All of the more outstanding European icons were delivered to us throughout this tour together with a well researched manual that Mary had prepared beforehand. Given that we toured 6 major cities in 28 days, I know these cities better than people who may spend far more time there because of this intense and thorough preparation. My most memorable portion of the tour was when Mary drove us to U.K.'s South West where we uncovered such historic treasures as Stonehenge (a private dusk tour free of multiple tourists), the Avery Stones, and the Wiltshire White Horses. We even went crop circle hunting. I attended the Chelsea Flower Show where lo and behold, our very own Jamie Durie had a display, and took out the First Prize in his category. The highlight of my day was getting a photo taken with Jamie, so again, THANK YOU Mary for yet another unique experience!
Marrakech was our last stop. What a culture shock this was, and yet it was one I will never forget. Our accommodation was like a picture taken from "Arabian Nights", and the tastes, colours, and interactions showed me a side of the world I was completely unfamiliar with. Very intoxicating.
Thank you Mary. I hope to be travelling again with you again."
- Adel B., South Australia
Freedom Tour 2006/2008/2011
" I have traveled with Mary on two European tours and I am joining them on a third trip departing on April 29th, 2011. I first travelled with Mary in 2006 and 2008 and now 2011 and I have found Mary's ability to plan and organise these trips of a very high standard.
Mary takes the fear out of travelling on your own by creating an intimate group of women who have a common goal which is to travel and enjoy the experience. We are introduced to each other by email at first and then a get together as a group with Mary to ask any questions we may have about the trip. We are given Daily Information and Daily Schedule booklets as well as a Daily Schedule for our families with contact details.
Mary demonstrates excellent communication skills with the airlines, hotel accommodation, transportation, finding places to have a meal and taking us on guided tours of a particular area. She is always well informed about the country and town we visit and provides for us a wealth of information whenever needed. My trips have included visiting Singapore, Italy, France, England, Ireland and Morocco and I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience each time. I always feel supported and safe when traveling with Mary knowing that she is meticulous with her planning and preparation for the trip. These trips have enabled me to enjoy rich travel experiences, gain confidence and lifetime memories through a personalised service with lots of fun."