About Go Local Tours
- Small group tours and independent travel packages.
- Featuring creative itineraries for the discerning traveller.
- Escorted tours (up to 12 travellers) that go off the beaten track.
- Slow travel and ecotourism movement.
Sydney-based responsible tour operator working directly with local, community-based tour operators in Australia.Welcome to Go Local Tours. A different way of travelling and discovering the secrets of well-known destinations. You will experience selected locations, through the eyes of a local.Travelling like a local means experiencing a new location just like a local would: immersing you in the culture, doing what they do, eating what they eat, and avoiding the cookie-cutter tourist experience. Your journeys promise to reward all your senses with exquisite tastes and surprises.Your vacation experience is for people who “daydream” about opening locked doors to a brand new palette of refined flavours and new skills and knowledge. You want your tours to include a combination of visiting must-see attractions, a variety of local highlights and a relaxing flexible schedule.The Go Local Tours social enterprise model puts local communities and the environment at the centre of its model. Profits are reinvested into the business and into community-led, productive projects in Australia. Our mission is to contribute to the empowerment of local communities in Australia by running an ethical business that provides rewarding and authentic experiences for travellers.
Our small group style of travel means that just 10-12 guests participate in tours. Go Local Tours believe that personal attention is key to an outstanding experience. The small group travel experience means a lot to us. Our philosophy is to experience a country as a local, and our goal is not only to show you the country’s highlights but also to take you off the beaten track. To visit local homes and artisans, restaurants run by families, stay at eco-friendly settlements, and participate in creative activities, from wine tasting and cooking classes to pottery and painting lessons.
With Go Local Tours, you’ll enjoy the benefits, security and convenience of escorted travel, small groupwithout the worry and legwork involved with planning the vacation.
Let my partners and I use our knowledge and personal experience in helping you to explore, live and enjoy our remarkable country, Australia.
Why book with us?
How can we convince you to book your tour with Go Local Tours, instead of your local high street travel agent; insurance company, roadside assistance company selling travel; or massive call centre? Shouldn’t be too hard we hope!
Reason 1. Prompt Service and Email Replies
There’s nothing more annoying than taking the time to fill out an enquiry form, or emailing a travel company and not getting a response for days – and sometimes not at all! We make it a priority to get back to all of our clients as quickly as possible. No more than 48 hours, and usually on the same day during business hours!
Reason 2. Personal Service
When you make an enquiry on one of our tour packages, your enquiry is assigned directly to me and my team . You are provided with my personal contact details so you can email or phone me directly! That’s right, no call centres & no shifting from one consultant to another!
Reason 3. Peace of Mind
We are an Australian business registered in NSW. Our Australian company number (ACN) is 618 599 125. Our Entity name is: GOLOCALTOURS.COM.AU PTY LTD and our Australian business number (ABN) is 60 618 599 125.
Reason 4. Exclusive Online Specials Earlybird Savings!
The prices and specials we advertise on our website and send to you via our optional email newsletter, provide you with last-minute operator specials, early bird specials and EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS ensuring the quote we provide you is the best value anywhere.
Reason 5. Book with the Touring Experts!
We are not your typical high street agency – for one we aren’t on your high street! However our office is in Sydney, NSW , so you are welcome to pop in anytime. Unlike your typical travel agency we won’t book you 2 weeks on the beach in Bali or a cheap Jetstar flight to Melbourne – we spsmall grouptours only. That means when you book with us you know your holiday is being dealt with by a specialist, whose sole focus is to deliver to you the best possible touring experience!
Reason 6. No Service Fees
Unlike most high street travel agencies, we do not charge service fees. We provide the level of service we’d expect if we were booking a tour for ourselves!
As a specialist tour operator, we take a personal interest in all our clients .
Reason 7.Last but not least
We believe in slow travel and sustainable , responsible tourism.
What is slow travel?
One of the defining elements of slow travel is the opportunity to become part of local life and to connect to a place and its people.
Slow travel is also about the connection to culture. It is an evolving movement that has taken its inspiration from nineteenth-century European travel writers such as Theophile Gautier, who reacted against the cult of speed.
Slow travel, is a state of mind which allows travelers to engage more fully with communities along their route, often favouring visits to spots enjoyed by local residents rather than merely following guidebooks. As such, slow travel shares some common values with ecotourism.
About “Small” group tours
The small group style of travel means that just 10-12 guests participate in our tours. Tours not only designed by us but tours in which we also participate with you. Go Local Tours believe that personal attention is key to an outstanding experience. The small group travel experience means a lot to us. Our philosophy is to experience a country as a local, and our goal is not only to show you the country’s highlights but also to take you off the beaten track. To visit local homes and artisans, restaurants run by families, stay at small luxury settlements, and participate in creative activities, from wine tasting and cooking classes to pottery and painting lessons.
And we believe that only in Small numbers, one can mingle and learn and share. But above all, we believe that travelling is something much “bigger” than visiting a place. It’s a journey to our inner self. A traveler doesn’t capture sights, but feelings. You are there, with the curiosity of a child , to “suck ” every image, sound, taste,smell and feeling as you are perceiving it for the first time, and meet like-minded companions to share the experience with.
Only in small groups one can go out of the tourist go off the beaten track and “get lost ” in villages, between people and unspoilt landscapes. Participating in small group tours gives you the freedom, flexibility and camaraderie that only small groups engender. Travelling in smaller groups is much more mindful of the environment and the impact we leave. We support ecotourism, not only towards the environment but also towards the locals in an area. We try to use local services where possible , just to keep the money local. In all our tours we use local knowledgeable friends as guides and professional drivers. Travelling with us in small groups is a unique experience and the rewards are priceless.
Our mission-Sustainable travel
Our mission and goal are to exceed your expectations as a sophisticated traveller and to let you see, feel, taste and experience a destination from the inside , like a local, as we personally have during our repeated visits to these spectacular places. But we are also committed to sustainable travel and minimising its impact on the environment and to reducing its dependence on non-renewable resources. We maintain a policy of “Leave only footprints and Take only photos” .
We strive to ensure that no removal of any natural or cultural artifacts or materials to ensure our environment looks and functions the same before and after our visit.
Who are we
My name is Rebecca Skevaki a Greek/Australian and a chocolate lover. I got the travel bug at my first taste of travelling at just the age of 4 when my family sailed from Greece on a 42-day voyage to Australia. From then I have visited 43 countries and more than 210 cities. I am a mother, a nature lover and a teacher. I always try to explore a place in-depth and see it and experience it as a local. I have friends all over the world and respect different cultures, traditions and religions .
After having worked for years in the conventional tourism industry and public relations, I realised that I could offer much more to adventurous and like-minded individuals like me, who share the same passion by going off the beaten track and love discovering the “hidden gems” around our amazing planet.
My aim is to guide my guests, with the help of my carefully selected partners, on journeys that will bring them back to our roots and make them feel in close touch with their natural, historical and human environment. In an industry dominated by large multinationals and mass tourism, Go Local Tours aim, is to provide a better way to see , explore and experience the unique country called Australia.
Every tour on our website can be booked and securely paid online, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Please don’t hesitate to ask us about anything to do with planning your holiday. We guarantee a prompt reply .
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