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A New Style of Touring - Jayes Travel Experience

Jayes Travel in Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall is at it again, bringing a new style of touring to the market with Jayes Travel Experience (JTE). JTE was created for the traveller who wants to immerse themselves into different cultures, discover a city like a local and be a part of the ‘buzz’. The traveller who likes to eat great food, meet the locals and have an amazing experience. It’s for the traveller who wants to be stress-free and would like everything organised for them. It’s also for the traveller that is not normally after a “group” experience as the tours are limited to a small number of 20 people. JTE was created when Michelle Barker and Chelsea Badger (both from Jayes Travel) recognised that there was such a gap in the travel market between a Contiki Tour and a River Cruise. They wanted to be able to offer their clients the opportunity to see the world, travel with like-minded people and possibly step out of their comfort zone! With JTE it’s not about age, it’s about attitude! As long as you have the impulse to explore, experience new things and meet like-minded people – you will find that the JTE tour caters for you. The girls from Jayes Travel have definitely created a unique element to their groups. Your representative will not only lead the group from start to finish but will also be taking photos throughout the passenger’s journey and have their experiences captured in candid moments; creating a ‘documentary’ of their travels. At the end of their journey, they will be presented with edited images of the highest quality as a souvenir of the memories made, and experiences had (included in the cost of the tour).

“We wanted our clients to be able to step away from behind their cameras and experience the moment,” said Chelsea.


“So many beautiful things can be missed when we are trying to get the perfect ‘Instagram picture,’ so we take the photo’s as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”


The tour itineraries include your return transfers from Newcastle, 3-4 star comfortable accommodation and plenty of local experiences. Flights, tipping and many meals are also included – so you don’t have to lift a finger. If you lead a busy life or just want all the worries taken away, a JTE Tour might be just the answer.

The next tour is to India for the HOLI FESTIVAL. Every street, every city and every corner has a story to tell — all you love to do is listen. But it is tradition, culture, and celebrations that truly bring this India together. One of the most symbolic in the country is the “Holi Festival Of Colors.”

Holi, a traditional Hindu festival which celebrates the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil, is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. Amid vibrant bursts of colour, a troupe of dhol musicians (a traditional wooden drum played in South Asia), attendees dance around and splash each other with water and powder coloured red, yellow, blue and green. The scene depicts the classic Holi traditions of family and friends coming together to laugh, dance, and feast.

Each colour also carries with it a significant meaning. Red symbolises love and fertility, yellow is the colour of turmeric (a powder native to India and used as a natural remedy), blue represents the Hindu God Krishna, and green is for new beginnings. Holi is a festival celebrated in great revelry and belief, where citizens of the country paint the skies and their surroundings in the magnificent colours of joy.

The JTE group will celebrate with a local group in Jaipur, where passengers can embrace the traditions and fully immerse themselves within the festival. Join the locals as they rub the 'gulal' and 'abeer' on each other’s faces… creating unforgettable moments!

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