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Gemstone Tours: a unique learning experience!

Gemstone Tours with the Gemstone Detective

Looking for your next one-of-a-kind adventure? Want to immerse yourself in a new culture? Thirsty for gemstone knowledge and experience of the local gem trade from mine to market? If so, you can find all of this on our Gemstone Tours – a different kind of holiday experience.

Gem Tours with Gemstone Detective are escorted group tours to destinations where gemstones originate. We visit the leading sources of colour gemstones, in search of ruby, sapphire, emerald, jade, opal and many other gemstones.

Our Gemstone Tours give you a unique opportunity to learn about the gem trade in a foreign country. Your hands-on educational experience will include visits to gem mines, gem markets and gem & jewellery shops. You will also be taking part in jewellery workshops, goldsmithing, gem cutting, polishing workshops and much more. Along the way, you will immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life. Your tour guide Kim will share her knowledge, experience and trusted contacts with you.

We have organised a mini-package and itinerary for a small group of travellers, which includes transportation, food and an English-speaking tour guide with local knowledge.

Take a look at our Gemstone Tours for 2020/2021.

Gemstone Detective has Tour Operators’ Liability Insurance in accordance with UK package travel regulations

Before you book a gem tour, please read:

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We have kept the tours as short as possible by excluding ‘free days,’ instead packing the tours with as many interesting, educational, gem-related activities as possible. We ask you to stay with the group and participate in our organised activities.

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Some of the tours require a good level of fitness to reach the gem mines.

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Gem mines are not tourist attractions. In most cases, we will have been granted special permission for access. Mines can be dangerous to navigate, with rough terrain. Please consider whether you can walk down steep verges, balance along planks and jump over narrow streams. 

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There are no toilets at the mines (not even for the miners) and very little shade.

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Consider the climate. South East Asia is typically humid and hot. You must be prepared – pack hats, sunscreen and a water bottle.

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At mealtimes, we will sit together and share dishes. Unless you have a specific dietary requirement, meals will be ordered for the whole group to share (we will allow for everyone’s tastes).

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Some countries and areas are still developing. Therefore, personal hygiene and taking sensible precautions is necessary.

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In some countries, outside the hotels, you will need to use squat toilets. Toilet paper is rarely provided, and water hoses are used for personal cleansing.  Consider whether your knees are up to the job of squatting.

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Our primary transportation is minibus. However, there are times when we might require you to be a passenger on a motorbike, especially where the gem mines are inaccessible by minibus. In the event of motorbiking, you will be provided with a safety helmet.

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Disabilities: the nature of activities on our Gem Tours means we cannot cater for people with impaired vision or mobility.

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Upcoming Gemstone Tours

A Gemstone Tour gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the gem trade in a foreign country. Your hands-on educational experience will include visits to gem mines, gem markets and gem & jewellery shops; taking part in jewellery, goldsmithing and gem cutting & polishing workshops; and much more. Along the way, you will immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life, and Kim will share her knowledge, experience and trusted contacts with you.