ABOUT US

Touchdown Tours is a travel and tour company that has been in operation for 26 years. It was founded in 1991 by the father and daughter team Arthur and Jaqui Preketes. Touchdown Tours has become well-known for its inspiring and highly personalised travel itineraries. We offer:

· Point-to-point travel
· Tour packages
· Educational/school tours
· Cruises
· Stopovers, and of course
· Our highly valued personalised packages for which we are renowned.

Touchdown Tours became one of the biggest tour operators into the Mediterranean region and has remained so for more than 20 years. We are experts in Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, as the well as the Gulf states of Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Touchdown Tours was one of the first to open Dubai as a destination and not just a stop-over point.

Jaqui is a very well-known face throughout the travel industry and her reputation as one of the best operators continues to this day. She served as the Vice President of International Institute For Peace Through Tourism, a not-for-profit organisation promoting tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and co-operation, preservation of heritage and an improved quality of the environment.

She is also a volunteer business mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, providing support and mentoring for those in other countries. This organisation helps women entrepreneurs gain financial independence thus helping to empower women worldwide.

Touchdown Tours is also a major sponsor and travel specialist for Australian and overseas sporting teams, taking the sports people of our nation and others to the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and many international World Games.

In addition, our Education Department has been sending teachers and students to destinations with a focus on their preferred studies, whether it be arts and culture, or business and development.

Touchdown Tours is a travel and tour company that has been in operation for 26 years. It was founded in 1991 by the father and daughter team Arthur and Jaqui Preketes. Touchdown Tours has become well-known for its inspiring and highly personalised travel itineraries. We offer:

· Point-to-point travel
· Tour packages
· Educational/school tours
· Cruises
· Stopovers, and of course
· Our highly valued personalised packages for which we are renowned.

Touchdown Tours became one of the biggest tour operators into the Mediterranean region and has remained so for more than 20 years. We are experts in Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, as the well as the Gulf states of Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Touchdown Tours was one of the first to open Dubai as a destination and not just a stop-over point.

Jaqui is a very well-known face throughout the travel industry and her reputation as one of the best operators continues to this day. She served as the Vice President of International Institute For Peace Through Tourism, a not-for-profit organisation promoting tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and co-operation, preservation of heritage and an improved quality of the environment.

She is also a volunteer business mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, providing support and mentoring for those in other countries. This organisation helps women entrepreneurs gain financial independence thus helping to empower women worldwide.

Touchdown Tours is also a major sponsor and travel specialist for Australian and overseas sporting teams, taking the sports people of our nation and others to the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and many international World Games.

In addition, our Education Department has been sending teachers and students to destinations with a focus on their preferred studies, whether it be arts and culture, or business and development.

Jaqui Preketes

Jaqui Preketes

Over 25 years travel industry experience has given Jaqui the skills to ensure you receive the highest level of knowledge and service. A world traveller since a very young age, Jaqui delights in finding those out-of-the-way magical places she can share with her clients.
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She has been instrumental in creating authentic experiences including family reunions on the River Nile, Buddhist Psychology Conferences in the caves of Cappadocia, and Spiritual journeys in Tibet and Bhutan. Former Vice President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism, an acting member of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and fluent in 4 languages, Jaqui is always at the forefront industry tides and information.

Jaqui’s passion is “Enhancing Life Through Travel” and that is exactly what she will weave into every itinerary she creates.

Vasili Samolis

Vasili Samolis

After 20 years in the travel industry in Germany, Greece, and here in Australia, Vasili has the skills and experience to organise your personal travel. Fluent in 3 languages, Vasili can assist you with your travel itineraries and ensure your trip is memorable.

Lizetta Preketes

Lizetta Preketes

Nicknamed “The General” Lizetta keeps everything running ship-shape within the accounts department. She has been working with Touchdown Tours for the past 25 years and is an integral part of the company.

Milena Roso

Milena Roso

Milena joined Touchdown Tours recently and has brought with her decades of experience. Milena can organise a unique itinerary just for you or your family, ensuring all aspects of your trip are covered. Her areas of expertise are Italy and Europe in general, and she has very strong ties to the Italian-Australian community with whom she often works very closely.

Jennie Jansen

Jennie Jansen

All-round team member, Jennie is the assistant to the director, ensuring her schedule is up-to-date and things go according to plan. She also takes care of our social media. Another multi-lingual individual, Jennie speaks 3 languages and is currently learning a fourth. With her original background as a teacher in high school and higher education for over 17 years, Jennie assists the education department of our office to organise school groups around their curriculum needs, taking them on worldwide travel experiences.

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What People are Saying

“A Great Find”

We have always had excellent service, and no matter how many times we have changed our plans the staff are always willing to fit in with our schedule. They are very knowledgeable and make some fantastic suggestions in order to make our holidays amazing.

Cheryl S.

“Flawless Service”

Jaqui and I have known each other for many years – she has organised many holidays for myself and my family with great success. As we all know it doesn’t always go to plan but I can comfortably rely on Jacqui and the team to deal with any issues I have had. She is fantastic to deal with, always competitive and has great knowledge of destinations, accommodation and local activities. I could never think of using anyone else for ALL my travel needs – both domestic and International! “

Kosta Drakopoulos | Director

“Amazing Experience”

Thanks to Jaqui and Touchdown Tours. We just returned from a memorable trip to Beijing. With everything organized for us and no problems it was very enjoyable.

Cassie R

“Speechless”

La Trobe University’s first Overseas Study Tour to Greece took place in December 2019. Thanks to the excellent collaboration of Jaqui Preketes from Touchdown Tours and her colleagues in Athens, our students had the learning experience of a lifetime! Jaqui assisted me in crafting a tour that would enable our students to immerse themselves in Greek language and culture. We thank Touchdown Tours for an absolutely incredible experience in every respect!”

Dr Stavroula Nikoloudis

La Trobe University’s first Overseas Study Tour to Greece took place in December 2019. Thanks to the excellent collaboration of Jaqui Preketes from Touchdown Tours and her colleagues in Athens, our students had the learning experience of a lifetime! Jaqui assisted me in crafting a tour that would enable our students to immerse themselves in Greek language and culture.

From the ancient Parthenon to modern political messages in the back streets of Athens, from ancient Delphi to modern Meteora, and from Olympia to a modern soccer match in Arcadia, we immersed ourselves in the country for three wonderful weeks, with the peace of mind that our accommodation, food, and transport were in expert hands. We thank Touchdown Tours for an absolutely incredible experience in every respect!

Dr Stavroula Nikoloudis
Coordinator, Greek Studies
Department of Languages and Linguistics School of Humanities and Social Sciences
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC Australia

“A Great Find”

We have always had excellent service, and no matter how many times we have changed our plans the staff are always willing to fit in with our schedule. They are very knowledgeable and make some fantastic suggestions in order to make our holidays amazing.

Cheryl S.

“Flawless Service”

Jaqui and I have known each other for many years – she has organised many holidays for myself and my family with great success. As we all know it doesn’t always go to plan but I can comfortably rely on Jacqui and the team to deal with any issues I have had. She is fantastic to deal with, always competitive and has great knowledge of destinations, accommodation and local activities. I could never think of using anyone else for ALL my travel needs – both domestic and International! “

Kosta Drakopoulos | Director

“Amazing Experience”

Thanks to Jaqui and Touchdown Tours. We just returned from a memorable trip to Beijing. With everything organized for us and no problems it was very enjoyable.

Cassie R

“Best Advice”

We recently had the pleasure of working with Jaqui to organise our trip to Greece and Paris. Jaqui was a pleasure to deal with and along the way helped us to fine tune our itinerary to suit our family needs. We had to postpone our trip due to unforeseen circumstances and this is where Jaqui’s advice and experience proved invaluable. Jaqui helped us to quickly re-organise our trip to ensure we had the best experience possible. Upon our return to Melbourne we had a coffee catch up with Jaqui as she wanted to hear all about our trip – it was a really nice touch and a great endorsement of her service first ethos.

Petrou Family

“Highest Level of Service”

I am The Exchange Co-ordinator at William Ruthven Secondary College of our Sister School Exchange Program with Japan.
This Program has been successfully running for 28 years. For the last 20 years this success has been greatly contributed to Touchdown Tours professionally led by The Manager, Ms. Jaqui Preketes and her highly Performing team.
Touchdown Tours have consistently provided the highest level of service to our College to ensure that our Exchange program with Japan is always a great success.
The attention to detail, the advice given, overall assistance, punctuality, and liaising constantly with myself and the Airways has been very supportive. Nothing was too much trouble and our trips have always run smoothly.
Organising this Educational Tour and giving our students and staff this opportunity and amazing cultural experience has been so rewarding.
Working with Touchdown Tours has always been a pleasure with excellent outcomes.
I highly recommend and sincerely thank Touchdown Tours!

Franca Pascuzzi

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