Julie Bates, Custom Travel Advisor

Attention to detail, planning and finding off the beaten track adventures have been Julie’s background in Tourism prior to joining our team at Civilized. Previously a tour leader in Egypt where she travelled up and down the Nile with small groups, travelling overland with up to 24 guests through the Middle East & Africa to guiding groups in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand on kayak and on foot - Julie understands and has a keen ear to listen to what travellers are looking for and want to experience.

Everyone has that top ‘once in a lifetime’ experience that stands out while travelling; for Julie these range from her Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, snorkelling with Whale Sharks in La Paz, to eating her way through delicious mezzes in the Middle East and of course enjoying those classic sundowners while on safari. Not to mention being wined and dined in New Zealand + staying in gorgeous accommodations on our 5 star Civilized India group trip a few years ago.

Julie's first hand experience in family travel, group travel and hosting groups ensures all details with be organized with ease.


Egypt, Jordan & Turkey:
What it’s like sailing down the Nile, snorkelling & diving in the Red Sea or floating in the Dead Sea! I have shopped in the Grand Bazaar and floated over fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey. I can’t emphasize enough about how unique and amazing these 3 countries are.

Group Trips:
Having travelled with Civilized to India & Ecuador/Galapagos on our hosted group trips, I am ready to answer any concerning group questions on why you should join a group and what it’s like to travel with up to 16 Civilized travellers.

"Julie was great to deal with. Very helpful and resourceful. Listened very well with respect to the unique needs of our large family."Callie, Sep 2018
"My husband and I had cancelled two trips to the Middle East due to the 'troubles' in the area. This year, we were determined to go. I approached Julie, who had travelled extensively in the area, to organize a trip. We told her what we wanted to see and she took it from there. We had an amazing journey, and would highly recommend anyone who has hesitated going, to take a leap and go. If you're interested, contact Julie... she'll organize a great trip for you." Takemeanywhere, Oct 2018
"We had an excellent trip, with excellent in-country guides in Lima, Peru, as well as Quito, Ecuador. Our five-night tour of the Galapagos on a ship was superb. Julie was friendly, helpful, organized and well prepared." Wilf, Oct 2018