Gerard Heelan


Gerard Heelan

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Hello, my name is Gerard and I'm based in Buxton, Derbyshire, the gateway to the Peak District and home of the famous Buxton mineral water. My wife Maggi and I have a 23-year-old son Teague (who lives in Jerusalem and works in Tel Aviv in the financial sector), and 20-year-old daughter Sorcha who is studying Medicine in her 3rd year at Edinburgh University.

My hobbies/interests include walking, running (depending on who is looking, it can seem like I am just walking quickly), rugby (Sale Sharks season ticket holders and also Munster rugby fans due to my family background), chess, theatre, world music and fitness training.

I have more than 30 years’ experience working within travel in a variety of roles. I spent 10 years as an adventure tour guide and in operations and marketing for one of the leading adventure tour companies in the UK - with Explore Worldwide. Elsewhere I worked as a tour manager for a UK luxury tour operator - Bales Worldwide, over a period of 10 years.

My experience overseas as a tour guide/leader has seen me living in areas including Egypt, India, Turkey, Spain, Guatemala, Jerusalem and the Holy Land. To give you a little insight, I have led trekking trips, 4x4 jeep safaris in the Negev Desert, Israel; and camel safaris in the Thar Desert, India. In addition, I have led trips throughout the Middle East, Southern Africa, South and Central America, Central and South-East Asia, China and Hong Kong.

Some of the special destinations I’ve worked in whilst leading groups include North Korea, Bhutan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Tibet, Nepal, Iran, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, and Mali.

Whether it be short-haul or long-haul destinations, short or long duration, adventure or luxury or travel itineraries with both elements, I feel that I can personally add to your experience. It is my local knowledge and contacts that can make your experience something unique, and special and one never to be forgotten!

Please call me to talk about your travel plans - and let me take care of all your requirements. I look forward to hearing from you!

Everything you book with me is protected by either ATOL or the Travel Counsellors Trust which provides a 100% financial guarantee against supplier failure, so every aspect of your trip is safe.

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